TROY, AL Dr. Johnny Long, longtime band director at Troy University, passed away at the age of 94.
Long served at Troy University from 1965-1996. Before that he started the high school band program at Robert E. Lee High School in Montgomery.
Dr. Long is most know for creating the "Sound of the South" and the band's famous "Fanfare" played to this day at every home football game. The school of music was also named in his honor.
Troy University won three national championships in football during Long's tenure. His bands performed at four presidential inaugural parades and was the official band for two presidential visits to Alabama.
Long is inducted into the Troy Sports Hall of Fame and the National Band Association Hall of Fame of Distinguished Band Conductors. He has also served as president of the American Bandmasters Association.
We will have more on the life of Dr. Johnny Long tomorrow during our newscasts.