John M. Long

Born: December 28, 1925; Guntersville, Alabama

Induction: February 3, 1996

Dean of the School of Fine Arts, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Director of Bands, and Distinguished Professor of Music at Troy State University, where the School of Music and two buildings are named in his honor.  Director of the Robert E. Lee High School in Montgomery, Alabama for ten years.  Recipient of the Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished Service to Music Award and the Sousa Foundation Sadler Gold Medal. Listed in the Who’s Who in America. Past President of the American Bandmasters Association.

Band Director
            Marshall County High School
            Jacksonville High School
            Jacksonville State College
            Blount County High School
            Montgomery Youth Orchestra
            Blue-Gray Football Classic
            Sound of the South Marching Band; Troy State University

Founder of Southeastern United States Band Clinic
Under his direction, the Sound of the South has participated in the inaugaral parade of three US Presidents: Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George Bush, Sr.

1987—Lobbied Congress to make John Philip Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever official
            march of the United States.

            Academy of Wind and Percussion Arts Award from National Band Association
            Governor’s Award from Alabama Council of the Arts
            Outstanding Music Educator of the Year from AMEA
            Barbara Odom Award from AMEA
            Al Wright Award from Womens Band Director National Association
            Alabama Bandmasters Hall of Fame by Phi Beta Mu
            Ten Outstanding Men Award from Jaycees: 1959
            Distinguished Service Award from City of Montgomery: 1964
            Ten Outstanding Band Directors in United States and Canada from School Musician Magazine