Esteemed band director and founder of Troy University’s Sound of the South dies at 94


by: , WDHN

Dr. Johnny Long, a member of the National Band Association Hall of Fame/Honorary President, and founder of Troy University’s Sound of the South band program, has died at 94 years old.

According to a Facebook post by the Sound of the South, Dr. Long passed away Monday evening with his family nearby. He had recently celebrated his 94th birthday in December of 2019.

Dr. Long is credited with creating Troy University’s Sound of the South band program during his 31 years (1965-1996) as the SOTS’ band director.

Dr. Long not only served as a band director, but also as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dean of the School of Fine Arts, and was an assistant to former Troy Chancellor Dr. Ralph Adams.

Dr. Long was also well-known for his creation of “The Fanfare;” the opening song of almost every Sound of the South performance.

Condolences have poured in from current and past students, faculty members, and organizations that Dr. Long was a part of.

Sound of the South Band Program:

“Our Founder, Dr. John M. Long, passed away peacefully at home with his family nearby. Our thoughts and prayers are with them, and with the thousands who were touched by this remarkable man. Godspeed, Dr. Long, to the big band practice in the sky.”