A Muncie, Indiana, native, Troye began playing the piano at the age of eight and spent much of his youth listening to keyboard icons such as Stevie Wonder and Elton John. In high school Troye had the opportunity to perform at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, which sparked his musical ambition that would lead to future performances at Radio City Music Hall and Carnegie Hall. Troye studied music composition at Ball State and played in the University’s top jazz ensemble. While there, he immersed himself in a variety of musical styles, including jazz, progressive rock, and classical. It’s Troye’s Midwestern roots though that would later propel his career.
Following college, Troye toured with several rock bands playing in clubs across the Midwest. He increasingly began to work as a studio keyboardist where his talent soon gained him well- deserved recognition. Eventually, he began working in Indianapolis as both a composer and as an audio engineer. He had the opportunity to write music for a variety of entities, including the NCAA, the Heartland Film Festival, Eli Lilly, F.C. Tucker, Simon Malls, Subway, Delta Faucet, Kenra, and H.H. Gregg. His compositions have won Addy, Telly, and Silver Microphone Awards, and he has scored independent feature films that have aired on Showtime and The Movie Channel. Troye performed on various studio recordings, as well as performed and recorded with Donovan, The Boxtops, Rare Earth, and Eddie Money.
In the fall of 2005, Troye was asked to record with fellow Hoosier and perhaps the most well-known celebrity from Indiana, John Mellencamp. Six months later, Troye began touring with his band, playing keyboards, accordion, harmonica, and singing background vocals. Since that time, Troye has appeared on studio albums with Mellencamp, working with artists such as Bruce Springsteen, T Bone Burnett, Joan Baez, and Little Big Town and has performed live with Keith Urban, Stephen Stills, Sheryl Crow, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. His musical talent and keyboard and accordion skills, together with his Indiana roots, make him a perfect fit for the band headed by Mellencamp, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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Troye appeared on the soundtrack for the feature film Ithaca directed by Meg Ryan and toured with Grammy Award winner Sandi Patty on multiple occasions. He was the musical director for Rock-IN-Roar 500, where he led a 500-piece rock band to celebrate the100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 which included an appearance by Will Power. Additionally, Troye was involved in the production of The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a musical written by Stephen King with songs by Mellencamp.
His wealth of knowledge and experience in the music industry includes performing live, playing Broadway musicals, producing and recording album projects, audio engineering, scoring for video and film, and serving as the musical director for various events. All this has led to notable performances on The Today Show, The Late Show with David Letterman and Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, the Grammy’s MusiCares Person of the Year Concert honoring Bob Dylan, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony where Troye performed with Billy Joel, John Fogerty, Joan Jett, and Paul Schaffer in a musical tribute to The Dave Clark Five. He has been featured on the Keyboard Chronicles Podcast and appeared on the cover of An American Accordion Story by Joseph Petosa Jr.
Troye’s career continues to flourish but he stays true to his roots. When he is not touring, he remains active in various musical endeavors, including performing live at several Indianapolis area venues where his fans are always happy to welcome him home.