Troy University Bands
"Sound of the South" Marching Band
Dr. Mark Walker, Director of Bands
Dr. T. Adam Blackstock, Assistant Director of Bands
The “Sound of the South” Marching Band is a precision collegiate ensemble that has developed a national reputation for its quality musicianship and its exciting arrangements and innovative field productions. The “Sound of the South” is the largest student organization on campus boasting numbers over 300 strong each semester. Members of the “Sound of the South” have represented almost every organization on campus, maintaining leadership positions in the fields of academia, student government, athletics as well as many other areas of campus life. The band entertains audiences regularly at home games and those away, as well as making guest appearances in exhibition at local and out-of-state marching band competitions. The band has appeared at each bowl game appearance recently in New Orleans for the R&L Carriers Bowl (2006, 2008 and 2011) and Mobile for the GMAC Bowl in 2010.
Writing in the Atlanta Constitution-Journal, senior sports writer Furman Bishop offered this commentary: “The Trojans came to town…and they brought one helluva band!” Over the past several decades, the band has recorded many demonstration recordings for major publishing companies including Warner Brothers, Alfred, Belwin, and Hal Leonard. The “Sound of the South” has appeared on ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, CBS, NBC, CSS, FOX, and USA television networks. The band has also represented the state of Alabama at the inaugural Parades of Presidents Nixon (1996 and 1973), Reagan (1985), and Bush (1989) as well as every gubernatorial parade since 1966. The “Sound of the South” has given live performances with Grammy Award winning artist Lee Greenwood, Brian McKnight, Dennis Edwards, the Temptations, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Chubby Checker.
For information regarding band scholarships, auditions, or opportunities support the band program through the University Foundation, please contact the university band office by: email@example.com or phone: 334-670-3281. Street Address: 109 Bibb Graves Hall, Troy University, Troy, Alabama 36082. Websites: www.troy.edu, music.troy.edu, and www.soundofthesouth.org.