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TROY Magazine
TROY Magazine
TROY – Rainy weather didn’t dampen spirits as Troy
University officials, alumni and community leaders gathered in
March to dedicate the newly rebuilt Long Hall and pay tribute
to legendary band director Dr. John Maloy Long.
Joined by Dr. Don Jeffrey, interim dean of the University’s
College of Communication and Fine Arts, and Dr. Jack
Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, Dr. Long and his wife, Mary Lynn,
cut the ribbon on the rebuilt John M. Long Hall from the stage
in the Claudia Crosby Theater, as inclement weather pushed
the ceremony indoors.
“This building is one of the finest of its kind in the
country, and I am honored and humbled that it bears my
name,” said Dr. Long, TROY’s Director of Bands Emeritus.
Dr. Long arrived on the Troy Campus in 1965 and spent
the next 30-plus years teaching, encouraging and inspiring
students. Even in retirement, Dr. Long has continued to be a
part of the University, Dr. Hawkins said.
“Dr. Long is one of the real giants in the history of Troy
University,” Dr. Hawkins said. “I feel fortunate to have had
the opportunity to benefit from his experience and inspiration
through the years. To be able to honor him in this manner has
truly been an honor for Troy University.”
The impact Dr. Long has had on so many was evident as
hundreds of alumni of the Sound of the South Marching
Band attended the ceremony.
“Dr. Long taught my high school band director, who,
in turn, instilled in me the passion for expression through
music,” said Phil Wilson, a TROY alumnus and former
Alabama Teacher of the Year. “Now I have the great honor
and opportunity to share that passion with my students. I owe
a debt of gratitude to Dr. Long for providing me with the
opportunity to be where I am today, sharing a love of music
with others.”
Robert W. Smith, an alumnus who is now a member of
the University’s music faculty, said Dr. Long’s dedication to
his students went far beyond the classroom and into the real
“I’m a student, I’m an alumnus, I’m a product of Dr. John
M. Long,” Smith said. “We have all learned from this man. We
share a legacy of learning that is passed on from generation
to generation. Dr. Long taught by example, but he didn’t just
teach us in the classroom. He nurtured us and many of us owe
where we are today to Dr. John M. Long.”
In addition to cutting the ribbon and unveiling a plaque
and a portrait of Dr. Long, Troy Mayor Jason Reeves also
unveiled a surprise during the ceremony. Reeves presented Dr.
Long with a street sign and announced that the renaming of
Collegedale Street to John M. Long Avenue.
“Dr. Long has inspired, encouraged and led so many,”
Reeves said.
Following the ceremony, tours were conducted in the
new facility as various student groups performed in venues
throughout the building.
-Andy Ellis
Newly rebuilt Long Hall dedicated to TROY legend
His name is seen on
buildings; his portrait hangs in
halls of fame. However, some
might not be aware that the
main character in a series of
novels bears the name Johnny
Long, a tribute paid to TROY’s
Director of Bands Emeritus by
a former student.
David A. Mallach, a 1971
marketing and business graduate
who now serves as a managing
director of investments for
Merrill Lynch, was a member of
the Sound of the South under
Dr. Long’s leadership. When
Mallach developed the idea
for a series of novels that would
present investment and financial
management principles in a
simple and entertaining manner,
he saw a way to pay special
tribute to his mentor.
“Johnny Long was one of
the main reasons I am where I
am today,” Mallach said. “He
was a teacher in the purest sense
of the word. He made attending
band class like a graduate degree
program in human relations.
Somehow he managed to
challenge us without forsaking
his kind demeanor. He was
a motivator extraordinaire. I
credit Johnny Long with all of
my success in my family and
business life. Naming the main
character for him was my way
of saluting him and saying
To date, Mallach’s books
include: “Dancing with the
Analysts,” “Walking with the
Analysts,” “Running with the
Analysts” and “Myth” – each
introducing characters who
encounter and work through
real-life financial or investment
issues. The one constant in the
“Wall Street thrillers” is the
main character – Johnny Long.
Mallach’s first exposure to
Dr. Long predated his TROY
experience. The son of a U.S.
Air Force officer, he spent his
10th grade year as a member
of Dr. Long’s “Pride of Dixie”
marching band at Robert E. Lee
High School in Montgomery.
When it came time to attend
college, Mallach was reunited
with the legendary band
director at what was then Troy
State University and became a
member of the Sound of the
South. It was there that the
lessons began in earnest.
While many of Dr. Long’s
former students have gone on
to careers in music or music
education, Mallach said the
lessons he taught are applicable
in any field.
“I have no doubt that if
Johnny Long had pursued a
career in business he would
have been extremely successful,”
he said. “There are direct
correlations between the way
he ran his music program and
the way corporate America
functions. In the band, each
section has a role to play and
each wants to do well and
be heard. Corporations are
the same way. Johnny was
able to organize the different
personalities and sounds in such
a way that brought everyone
together as a single entity, each
section contributing toward
the good of the whole. He did
it with music but I think his
process can be duplicated in
other areas as well.”
Mallach, the father of five
children, an accomplished
saxophone player and a
registered private pilot, resides
in the greater Philadelphia area
and is a member of the Board
of Trustees for Gwynedd Mercy
College and the founder of the
University of Pennsylvania’s
Mallach House in Botswana,
South Africa. Since the late
1970s, the Mallach Scholarship
has been awarded to outstanding
members of TROY’s Sound
of the South who excel in
-Andy Ellis
Johnny Long: An heroic character in fact and fiction
• David A. Mallach
• David A. Mallach’s fourth novel could
rock the foundations of Wall Street.
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