SFC Troy McKay began his military career in 1998 as a bugler with the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, and he has played trumpet with The U.S. Army Band "Pershing’s Own" since 2001. Originally from Richmond, MO, McKay earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Illinois State University studying with Dr. Amy Gilreath and a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University,where he studied with Vincent Cichowicz. Prior to joining the Army, McKay performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Russia, most notably with the New Sigmund Romberg Orchestra, the American Russian YouthOrchestra, and The Orchestra of the World. As a member of The U.S. Army Band "Pershing’s Own", McKay has performed with the band in prestigious concert halls such as the Kennedy Center, Kimmel Center, and the Lincoln Center,and he has been a featured soloist with the band on tour as well as in our nation’scapital.
As an active conductor and educator, McKay has taught at Washington Bible College, and he currently serves as the music director for Fellowship Baptist Church, where he conducts both the choir and the orchestra. McKay resides in LaPlata, MD with his wife, Lucile, and their four sons.