troy olson's biography


Instrument: Double Seconds Steelpan

Biography: Troy is truly one of the most innovative percussionists to ever touch the steel drum. He is pushing the steel pan to an entirely new level by arranging and performing material that has never before been attempted. His four mallet pan technique has allowed him the ability to arrange material that most musicians would never have considered possible. After arranging and performing Bach's Chaconne from Partita #2 for violin, Troy opened a new path of endless possibilities for the steel pan. After hearing Troy perform, the inventor of the modern steel drum, Ellie Mannette said, "This guy needs a top of the line instrument." World famous pianist and composer John Serry's reaction was one of complete astonishment and total disbelief, after watching Troy perform his own arrangement of Recuerdos De La Alhambra. Troy has also performed for such notable performers as Dave Samuels, David Friedman and Nexus with similar results. Troy received his Music Performance degree from Wichita State University under the direction of Dr. J.C. Combs. Troy was the director of the Wichita State University Steel Band from 2005 - 2007.