Master Sergeant Troy Messner, who hails from Lakeland, Florida, began playing the horn at the age of twelve. Soon after his graduation from high school in 1986, he joined the United States Marine Corps. After a tour in the Fleet Marine Forces Pacific Band located in Marine Barracks, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Master Sgt. Messner left the Marines to pursue studies in horn performance. Before and after graduating from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Master Sgt. Messner was principal horn with the Imperial Symphony of Lakeland, fourth horn with the Florida West Coast Symphony and fourth horn with the Brevard Symphony. He substituted with the Naples Philharmonic, the Southwest Florida Symphony and the Orlando Symphony. He also performed with the touring Broadway shows Miss Saigon, Sunset Blvd, Buskers, Carousel and Beauty and the Beast among others. In 1998, Master Sgt. Messner returned to the Marine Corps, but soon after, joined the West Point Band in September of 1999.