MONTGOMERY - Troy University's Symphony Band will present a tribute to legendary TROY bandmaster Dr. John M. Long with a pair of concerts in Troy and Montgomery celebrating the career and achievements of the University's director of band's emeritus.
The first “Tribute to Dr. Long” concert will be held on the Troy Campus on Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m. inside the Claudia Crosby Theatre. This will be a joint concert with the Pearl City High School Band from Honolulu, Hawaii, featuring guest conductors Mike Nakasone and Paula Crider, who are close friends of Dr. Long. The band will perform some of Dr. Long's favorite music, and close with the “1812 Overture” in his honor. Admission is free and open to the public.
The second concert will at the Montgomery Campus on Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m., inside the Davis Theatre for Performing Arts. Tickets are $10 and are on sale now. The program will include a selection of Dr. Long's favorite classic overtures, works by American composers, great marches and patriotic music, and a stirring rendition of John Philip Sousa's "The Stars and Stripes Forever" conducted by Dr. Long himself.
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.
Under his direction, the University's "Sound of the South" marching band represented the state in four presidential inaugural parades and served as the official band for two presidential visits to Alabama. 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 the direction of conductor Dr. Mark Walker, The Symphony Band is Troy University's premier wind band, featuring the top 55 musicians in the John M. Long School of Music. This nationally recognized ensemble is open by audition only at the beginning of each semester and gives numerous concerts year-round. Additionally, the band records and tours extensively throughout the Southeast during the spring semester.