Your TRMA Academy Members

Academy Member: Brian Fields It all started at a Parrot Head Party with margaritas, good friends and some guitars and now the rest is history! B-Man & mi-Shell live the island life in Key West, Florida. Many know may know them as the band B-Man & The MizzBeeHavens but now live in what they call “The Gateway to…

Academy Member: Aaron Scherz IT ALL STARTED WITH A LITTLE RUM… …and a mom who raised him on good music. Jimmy Buffett, John Denver, James Taylor and others. Aaron always knew he was going to do something “different”. But he couldn’t have imagined that “different” would involve tropical islands, sail boats, catamarans, Parrotheads, Meeting Of The Minds, Coral…

Academy Member: Matt Hoggatt Former Bourbon Street performer, radio DJ, and police detective, Matt is part songwriter and part storyteller. Known nationally for his work with Jimmy Buffett and Sirius XM, Matt spends his free time, performing at his favorite places around the country. You can catch Matt’s weekly “Bayou Troubadour Show” on every Sunday at 12…

Academy Member: Ty Thurman Ty Thurman began playing guitar at age 7, learning his first chords from his grandpa, a popular Oklahoma musician and fiddler. After years of playing in several rock bands, he returned to his country roots, and began to perform his own tunes around the San Fransisco Bay Area in the late 90’s. In 1998,…

Academy Member: Gary James Moeller Howdy. I’m a native Texan, born and raised. Texas has great history, heritage and character that influence all that live in this beautiful State. The people, the cultures and the traditions have created an incredible environment for music to be created and dreams to come true. Nothing seems impossible. Being a direct descendant of…

Academy Member: Bob Durand What is a Trop-a-holic? A trop-a-holic is a margarita drinker with a music problem…. Bob Durand is not only a trop-a-holic – he is a singer/songwriter of songs that you might listen to under a palm tree on a beach with an adult beverage in your hand. A native New Orleanian, he now splits…

Academy Member (Musician): Melanie Howe Musicians hire nationally touring artist Melanie Howe when they want more than accompaniment. Attitude and expression are important factors to be considered in the entertainment industry. Melanie’s experience in music performance, dance performance and artistic expression gives her an upper hand in promoting an exciting and memorable performance for the musicians she accompanies and…

Academy Member (Musician): John Beck I am a native Floridian, born and raised in Orlando. My love of music began in junior high school when I joined the marching band as a drummer. Through the years I have honed my skills as a drummer, latin percussionist and singer by performing with a variety of bands in many different venues,…

Academy Member: Eric Stone Sprinkled through the titles of Eric Stone’s eleven CDs lie a string of island adventures that every salty sailor hopes to have. “Bomba’s Shack,” “Dominica Discovery,” “Bequia Kind of Day,” “One Night at Corsairs” and “Goodbye Trinidad” are all stories lived and memories made by this talented sailing, surfing, songwriting singer. His music is…

Academy Member: Isabella Stefania Isabella Stefania is a Singer-Songwriter and Independent Recording Artist working out of Chicago, Nashville and Southern Florida.  Her music is a mix of Trop-Rock and Country that she calls “Island Country”. Isabella’s original songs deal with topics ranging from modern love and relationships to beach life and the perfect summer. Her songs are in…

Academy Members: Robin Tricker More than just your typical hip, east coast girl.  Robin is a multi-layered songwriter intent on driving a catchy hook into your head.  Don’t let the curly hair and ukulele fool you, this Jersey girl can sing. If Rock, Country & Pop had a curly haired baby it would be Robin Tricker. Her more…

Academy Member: Barefoot Reggie Starrett

Singer/song writer/ musician, Reggie Starrett is a 2017 TRMA Song of the Year Award winning artist. Reggie is flying solo, or with his band, nationally and internationally. Relentlessly touring. Reggie rounded out 2017 performing over 180 shows all over the US and the Caribbean, and 2018 looks to be even bigger. Reggie performs an incredibly…

Jerry Diaz and Hannah's Reef

Academy Member: Jerry Diaz

Hailing from the upper Texas Coast, Jerry Diaz & Hanna’s Reef perform a high energy mix of original and cover Trop Rock tunes. Having performed from coast to coast many times over, the band has long been recognized for their longevity and professionalism. One of the first artists to write and record songs in the…

Donny Brewer

Academy Member: Donny Brewer

Donny Brewer is a Texas born and raised super fan of music, from rock and blues to country and jazz, but mostly Trop Rock. He also happens to be multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and touring singer of the music he loves, often with his band the Dock Rockers. He’s a 9 time TRMA award winner and persistent…

Dennis Davis

Academy Member: Dennis Davis

I’ve been playing guitar and singing as long as I can remember, usually just for my own benefit and enjoyment. Every once in a while I’d break out with a song or two at a talent show or a party and I found out that the guitar player singer guy quickly became pretty popular… well……

Howard Livingston

Academy Member: Howard Livingston

Howard is a native of the mountains of eastern Kentucky. His mother spawned his love for music by introducing him to the guitar at age five. While the love of music never did leave him, his career pushed him in a different direction. While building his business, he traveled to the Florida Keys, where he…

John Reno

Academy Member: John Reno

Born in New Orleans, John Reno is truly a child of the Mardi Gras. His stepfather owned the largest record store in New Orleans; his personal record collection covered a myriad of genres, so John grew up listening to the likes of Sinatra, Crosby, James Brown, Elvis, and the Beatles. Influenced by New Orleans legends…

John Friday

Academy Member: John Patti

From Singapore to Key West, Manhattan to the Caribbean, crowds of all ages and nationalities have seen John Patti bring the steel pan to the forefront of musical entertainment. Whether in a solo performance or collaboration with bands, John’s intriguing stories and skillful performance leaves long lasting and memorable impressions with any audience. With a…

John Friday

Academy Member: John Friday

John Friday, the Tropical Balladeer, is a singer/songwriter originally from Maryland, now living in Florida. After a back-breaking (literally) Army career, John settled in the Sunshine State where he pursues his musical dreams every night in the locals pubs and bars. An eclectic set of interests led John through the gamut of college majors, including…

Jimmy Parrish

Academy Member: Jimmy Parrish

A native Floridian and long-time Jacksonville resident, Jimmy’s been performing both as a solo act and with his band for nearly thirty years. After forming the Ocean Waves Band in 2000, his goal was to entertain audiences throughout the southeast with an island style tropical vibe. Armed with a combination of acoustic rock heavily influenced…

TRMA Award Winners


12th Annual TRMA Winners

1. Male Vocalist

2. Female Vocalist

3. Duo/Trio

4. Band
This award recognizes bands with 4 or more members and primarily perform in this configuration.

5. Entertainer of the Year
This award recognizes the best LIVE performance by an independent Trop Rock solo, duo, trio or band.

6. Album
Nominees in this category are TRMA Academy members and have released an independent CD of new original Trop Rock music in 2018. Compilation CD's do not qualify.

7. Single

8. Song
This category is open to ALL Trop Rock artists who released an original Trop Rock song in 2018. They do NOT have to be Academy members, and the song does not have to be part of a qualifying album. The song qualifies if it was only released as a "single".

9. Horizon Award
This award recognizes a Trop Rock solo, duo, trio, or band who shows the most promise for contributing to the Trop Rock genre through performance, songwriting and recording of their original music.
Previous winners are not eligible.

10. Musician
This award recognizes outstanding musicianship, and is intended to recognize band members, not individual artists or band leaders, but the other musicians in the band or musicians who play with various artists.

11. Songwriter The final ballot for Songwriter of the Year will be voted on by the TRMA Academy members and Board of Directors.The nominees on the final ballot based on the nomination round voting are: Donny Brewer, Jack Mosley, Jesse Rice, Thom Shepherd, and Cory Young.

12. Album Artwork & Design

13. Video

14. Radio Station

15. Radio Program - Live

16. Radio Program - Prerecorded

17. Live Music Venue
This award recognizes the owners of a for-profit live music venue that features Trop Rock artists.

18. House Concert Venue - Small
This award recognizes the host/hostess of a non-profit concert-style shows featuring Trop Rock artists. It is broken into small & large venues.

19. House Concert Venue - Large  TIE!!!

20. Event of the Year - Small
This award recognizes events/festivals who feature multiple Trop Rock artists. Meeting of the Minds is not considered in this category because it is a National Convention. It is divided into small and large based on registered attendees at the 2018 event, and an award will be given for each category.

21. Event of the Year - Large

22. Fan of the Year
This award recognizes a Trop Rock "fan" for their support and promotion of Trop Rock music. It is meant for an individual and not a group. Previous winners are NOT eligible.

23. Music Business Professional