TROY – Dr. John M. Long, director of bands emeritus at Troy University and namesake of the University's John M. Long School of Music, has been elected as an Honorary Life Member of the American Bandmasters Association.
Dr. Long's selection came during the association's annual meeting in Indianapolis, Ind., Feb. 29-March 4 and made him one of only two living members of the group to receive the award.
"I am humbled to receive this very high honor," Dr. Long said. "I am extremely honored to be selected as an Honorary Life member of such a prestigious organization as the American Bandmasters Association."
Dr. Long, who served as director of bands at TROY from 1965-1996, is a past president of the American Bandmasters Association and is a member of the National Band Association's Hall of Fame of Distinguished Band Conductors and the Alabama Bandmasters Hall of Fame. In 2010, Dr. Long was named as honorary president of the National Band Association, and last July, was the subject of a feature piece for CBS Evening News on his continued involvement as conductor of the Southeast Alabama Community Band.
A native of Guntersville, Dr. Long is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa honor society, Phi Delta Kappa, Kappa Kappa Psi honorary band fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha, Delta Chi fraternity and Phi Eta Sigma. He is an active guest conductor, speaker, clinician and adjudicator through the United States, Europe, Canada and Mexico. In 2005, he was honored by the Alabama Music Educators Association with its Barbara Odom Award for lifetime achievements in music education, and holds the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the National Eagle Scout Association.
During his 31-year career at TROY, Dr. Long also served the University in various capacities, including chair of the music department, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and dean of the School of Fine Arts. Two buildings on the Troy Campus bear his name – John Maloy Long Hall and the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor, which houses the NBA's Hall of Fame.
Under his direction, the University's "Sound of the South" marching band represented the state in four presidential inaugural parades and a served as the official band for two presidential visits to Alabama. Before coming to Troy University, Dr. Long directed several high school bands in the state of Alabama, including a stint as band director at Marshall County High School before even receiving his high school diploma. Hundreds of his former students have followed him into the career of music education.