Long Hall demolition clears way for new band and music facility | News
Troy University officials began construction of a new band and music facility Wednesday with the demolition of John Maloy Long Hall, the home of the Sound of the Sound Marching Band.
John Maloy Long Hall was constructed on the Troy Campus in 1975 as a rehearsal facility for the band. Named for Dr. John M. Long, Director of Bands Emeritus, the current facility is being demolished to make way for a new band facility, which will also bear Dr. Long’s name.
The new building will house not only the “Sound of the South” program, but provide rehearsal space for the Choral Program, rehearsal spaces for ensembles and performance groups, a dance studio and offices for the Long School of Music and the College of Communication and Fine Arts.
“This facility will be one of the finest of its kind in the nation,” said Dr. Mark Walker, Director of Bands. “It will be a suitable tribute to Dr. Long’s legacy and achievements not only at Troy University but as an influential band director and educator throughout the United States.”
Walker said the state-of-the-art facility will provide students a modern, complete facility that provides the space and technology needed in today’s performance environment.
The construction of Long Hall is expected to take 12 to 15 months. The $7.5 million construction contract was awarded to Whaley Construction, Inc. of Troy.
The Sound of the South is currently housed in the Stewart Hall, the former dining facility on campus.
Source: Troy University Office of University Relations