Welcome to your TRMA

We are nothing without you!

"After being involved in Trop Rock music for 20 years, I'm excited about the recent growth of the genre, and am grateful to have the opportunity to help take it to the next level! Will you join me?"

Mark W. Friedman

President, TRMA

General Membership

Support your favorite music & musicians by being a member.

Academy Membership

Are you a Trop Rock musician? Apply for an Academy membership.

Volunteer Ambassadors

Are you a super fan? Help us spread the word by being an Ambassador.

Sponsor Us

Help us grow the Trop Rock genre while adding to your fan base!


General Membership

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Why become a member?

Being a member of the Trop Rock Music Association isn't about going to meetings or sitting on conference calls, it's about having a good time and supporting what you love. The TRMA exists to  promote and build the Trop Rock genre, which in turn helps support artists, radio stations, music venues and others that live and breathe Trop Rock music. We can't do that without our members and sponsors. Annual dues are an affordable $15 per year, and we are all volunteers at the TRMA, so every bit of the money we receive goes back into the cause. Last but not least, by becoming a member you get to vote for your favorites artists and hopefully see them win at the TRMA awards.

Our memberships are for the current calendar year. If you join during the months of October - December, your membership will be valid through December 31 of the following year.

Thanks for your support!


Already a TRMA member? Don't forget to check out the Member Hub page with exclusive news and your place to log in and vote for the TRMA awards.

Academy Membership

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Academy Application Process

If you enjoy playing and writing Trop Rock songs as much as we like listening to them, you may be a perfect fit to become a TRMA Academy Member.  Your application will be reviewed by our board of directors (they are processed quarterly) and we will follow up with whether you were accepted for Academy membership. To learn more about our current Academy members go to the page by clicking "Meet Your TRMA Academy Members" below.

In the meantime, you can become a part of the TRMA family today by joining as an individual member!




Why become an Academy member?

Our TRMA Academy members are the heart and soul of the Trop Rock genre. Not only are they great singers, songwriters, musicians, and entertainers, but they also have the passion for our genre to help lead the charge forward and support the newer artists any way they can.

The Trop Rock Music Association recognizes Trop Rock singer songwriters and bands through Academy membership. To become an Academy member, artists must meet certain qualifications. These includes attributes in areas such as songwriting, production, promotion and live performance. An artist’s music must also meet the definition of Trop Rock music below. If you are interested in applying for an Academy membership (or recommending an artist) please apply to the left. Academy applications are reviewed and approved (or denied) by the TRMA Board of Directors on a quarterly basis. If approved, your membership is free and qualifies you for nomination in all of the annual Trop Rock Music award categories.

You can live the Trop Rock artist lifestyle as well and have the full support of the TRMA.

"Trop Rock" Definition:  Tropical Rock (or Trop Rock) is a genre of popular music that incorporates elements of Rock and Roll, Country, Caribbean, Reggae or other musical genres to create a laid-back or “escapist” state of mind. Trop Rock may create its tropical or “island vibe” either with tropical or island-like instrumentation and production, or with beach, tropical or escapist lyrical themes, or both.

Meet your TRMA Academy Members

Academy Member: Pup Morse

www.pupmorse.com   Music has always been my first passion.  From the time I was a small child singing along to tunes in the car or trying to impersonate Elvis in the shower, I always knew I wanted to sing.  Of course, sometimes life sends us on a little sidetrack before we get a chance to chase…

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Academy Member: Del Suggs

www.saltwatermusic.com Del Suggs is a singer/songwriter and guitarist from the beaches of North Florida. He has appeared in concert at colleges, universities and festivals across the United States and the Caribbean. Del has appeared at over 700 colleges and universities across the US.  He’s also performed  at such prestigious venues as the World Music Festa (Shirahama, Japan), Kerrville…

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Academy Member: Johnny Doo (Musician)

Johnny Doo is the bass player for Thom & Coley Shepherd, Donny Brewer & The Dock Rockers, as well as other Trop Rock artists.

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Academy Member: Beth Travers

www.bethtravers.com   Beth Travers was born to adventurers and sailors—she was sailing Nantucket Sound before she could run— Her first instrument was a baritone ukelele …She immediately buried it in the sand and stole her mother’s guitar… As a kid on sailing trips, Beth listened to Harry Belafonte and steel drum bands from the West…

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Academy Member: TJ Walsh

TJ Walsh, Dubbed Music Ambassador by the Tampa Bay Parrot Head Club, has been in the business of entertaining audiences for his entire life. Starting with a Regional Rock Band in the 60’s then to a 30 year career in broadcasting from morning show DJ to Stints on the Matlock TV Series and the final…

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Academy Member: Joe Downing

www.joedowning.com https://www.facebook.com/joe.downing.56 Middletown, Ohio born and Nashville, Tennessee bred, Joe Downing is a Tropical Americana Recording Artist and Songwriter that knows how to Rock & Roll. Downing has released 3 EP’s over the last decade and has over 7 singles circulating on over a dozen Trop Rock radio stations. Joe plays all over the country:…

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Academy Member: Fred Quistgard (Musician)

Freddy Quistgard is a percussionist in the “tropics of Maine”. A musical childhood filled with piano and guitar lessons took a back seat to a long professional ice hockey coaching career. He began his trop rock adventure as guest percussionist for Maine’s Corona Brothers Band in the early 2000s. Freddy then became an integral part…

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Academy Member: Johnny Russler & The Beach Bum Band

Johnny Russler has been Trop-Rocking with the Beach Bum Band since 2001.  Along the way Johnny Russler & The Beach Bum Band have been throwing beach parties to enthusiastic crowds to venues from Nebraska to Rhode Island, from Minnesota to Key West, from community festivals to college campuses to Parrothead gatherings and even at Alpine…

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Academy Member: Jeff Brewer

I grew up in Atlanta and played in bands since early high school. After doing the corporate ladder thing, marriage, and kids, I started playing solo again in the late 90’s.  When I was laid off from my job after 9/11, that kicked me in the butt a little and had a role in building…

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Academy Member: Flip Flop Dave

Originally from the Tampa Bay Area, Dave grew up a 20-minute bicycle ride from St. Pete Beach.  Southern rock had an early influence, but the sound and style of Jimmy Buffett really spoke to him. Growing up in a musical household, Dave originally started singing for just for his own enjoyment but soon discovered that…

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Tap Into The Trop Rock Lifestyle!

Support something great & grow your fan base?

There is no genre in the world like the Trop Rock family of fans, artists, music venues, radio stations, and many other businesses who support the artists and music. You can tap into this fast growing genre by sponsoring the TRMA. Let us help you become part of the Trop Rock Lifestyle.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Click below to see the various sponsorships available.

If you have other ideas, please contact us to discuss. We would be excited to work with you in order for you to get the most out of your TRMA sponsorship.


Become a TRMA Ambassador Volunteer!

Live the Trop Rock Life with Purpose

Are you a superfan?

Do you love Trop Rock music and want to help the TRMA grow and enhance the genre? Then why not become an official TRMA Ambassador? We are in the process of recruiting volunteers from around the country who can help educate the public (as well as increase membership) about Trop Rock music and the TRMA, be our representative at music festivals, visit local Parrot Head clubs, and help the TRMA grow overall. If you would be a great TRMA Ambassador, please click to the right and complete an application to let us know about you and how you can help. We will respond as soon as possible. The best part is that you can have fun volunteering at something you love! Thanks for your support!


Become an Ambassador

Click below and tell us how YOU can help advance Trop Rock!

A few words from Ambassadors

Barry Terrell (Texas):

"Melissa and I support and love all live music but especially Trop Rock.  We love original music about the things we love; beer, beaches, sun, sand and beer."

Joe Brett (New Jersey):


"Trop Rock expresses a positive vibe. Its a vibe that I like to promote and share. I try to incorporate it in scouting events, as well play it at work to help keep people in a good mood."  

Don’t forget...Join to vote for your favorite artist in the TRMA Awards.