He was originally head of the rock guitar studies at the Conservatory of Wisconsin and author for the magazine GuitarOne and are now self- teaching.
He developed as a teenager interested in hard rock titans of the late 1970s such as Rush, Led Zeppelin and KISS. He also dealt with the Lead Guitar Techniques of Van Halen. Shortly after his 18th birthday, Troy decided to study astrophysics in New Mexico, but soon noticed his talent in teaching. In the late 1980s he published two highly successful textbooks on Heavy Metal.
That same year, the young virtuoso went to the Conservatory of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. When he became director of the rock guitar range, he left the training center in the early 1990s to accommodate record and produce. After recording three full albums and had produced for other artists, he decided to spend more time with his wife Shauna ( Joan ) Joyce, who worked as a singer with him, and to spend his two sons, Zack and Jeremy.