As soon as you meet Troy Schanck, you know he’s a genuine, down-to-earth kind of guy. He grew up in Georgia, moved to North Carolina by military relocation and settled here after his Air Force career. His interest in music started with his mom. She tuned him in to a bunch of different artists at an early age. There was a kind of good music/bad music philosophy between the two of them. As a young kid he began a fascination with guitars. He enjoyed hearing others play and wanted to understand how they worked. In junior high he took a music appreciation class as an elective and that’s when he started playing guitar. At the age of 17, the guitar became his true passion and he borrowed a friend’s to practice since he couldn’t afford to buy one. He practiced and played every chance he could. After some time, he sadly realized he would have to return the guitar to his friend. It took some time but the friend eventually gave it to Troy.
Troy has been teaching others to play for almost 20 years. He started teaching at Frederick’s Music in Goldsboro, NC and taught there for 10 years before opening his own business. After the Air Force, he wanted a job that would understand his band member responsibilities and desire to play. In the pursuit of that he decided to share his skills by teaching others and offering repair services. At first, he still really wanted to play and perform. Then, he began to realize that teaching others was a way to give back. It offered a chance to be a blessing to others by using his talents and skills to pass on what he had learned. In 2008 he opened Troy’s Guitar Garage in Fremont, NC. He says it is “so much bigger than chords and paying rent”. Staying connected to his students is priceless, and being a positive influence on people means a lot to him. He praises the Lord for the people along his own journey that came at pivotal moments to guide, teach and help him grow. He wants to do that for his students as they journey through their own musical interests.
I asked Troy about his most memorable guitar moment. He said many moments stand out in his mind. However, buying his first guitar and amp is at the top. He also told a story about falling off a stage while performing, not missing a beat and managing to still play his solo after landing. The crowd applauded apparently thinking it was just part of the show. He mentioned that he doesn’t have a favorite song to play he just enjoys playing. But, he does have several favorite players he’s come to admire over time.
If you get a chance to meet Troy, you’ll find he is a very humble person with a relaxed style. Yet, he is passionate about playing and teaching guitar. He teaches based on the individual and what they want to accomplish and what their needs are. It’s important to mention that Troy also offers repair services, as well as supplies and parts for customer needs. If you’ve ever wanted to learn to play, hone your skills or just need a skilled repairman to get your instrument into great playing shape, visit Troy in Fremont at Troy’s Guitar Garage (on main street about 1 mile off of I-795). His website is www.troysguitargarage.com and his Facebook page is www.facebook.com/Troys-Guitar-Garage-170704879646036/.