Dr. John M. Long, director of bands emeritus at
Troy University, was honored in June with the Alabama
Sports Festival (ASF) Foundation’s Healing Hands
Award, the organization’s highest honor.
The Healing Hands Award recognizes unique
actions taken by individuals to promote the concepts
of healing, grace, comfort and inspiration to others,
or of motivating others to greater achievement. Past
honorees include former President George W. Bush,
former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani,
former Mobile Mayor Michael C. Dow, World War II
hero and survivor of the Bataan Death March Maj.
Bert Bank, former Florida State University football
coach Bobby Bowden and founder of Navy Seal Team
6 Richard “Dick” Marcinko.
The award was presented to Dr. Long by ASF
Foundation President and CEO Ron Creel and
Sen. Gerald Dial, President Pro Tempore of the
Troy University Board of Trustees, during the ASF
Foundation Opening Ceremonies at the Birmingham
Jefferson Convention Complex Arena on June 21.
“All I ever wanted to be was a teacher,” Dr. Long
said. “I hope I have been a positive influence on
the many students it has been my privilege to teach
through the years.”
A legendary band director and teacher, Dr. Long
directed TROY’s Sound of the South Marching Band
for 32 years and also served a stint as dean of the
University’s School of Fine Arts. He is a past president
of the American Band Masters Association, honorary
president of the National Band Association, an
honorary life member of the American Bandmasters
Association, and a member of the National Band
Association’s Hall of Fame of Distinguished Band
In 2012, Dr. Long was honored with the Kennedy
Center for the Performing Arts’ Stephen Sondheim
Inspirational Teacher Award.
ASF Foundation Honors
Dr. John Long with
Healing Hands Award