Troy James Martin 
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Troy grew up in the small town of Sierra Vista, Arizona, which had few bassists, so he was always musically in demand. He moved to Tucson immediately after high school and earned a bachelor’s degree in Radio/Television at the University of Arizona. His bass heroes include Sir Paul, The Ox, Dee Murray, Peter Cetera, Chris Squire, Mike Rutherford, John Wetton and Tony Levin. Troy has been active off and on in Tucson music. In the ’80’s, he played with short-lived bands Ariel, The Distractions, Tango 21 and Milagro. He has been a broadcaster, actor, graphic designer, photographer and choir director. He has played with Crystal Stark, The Tucson Pops Orchestra, Smallvox, and the legendary Loren Dircks in Gila Bend. A 2012 TAMMY Award winner for Best Bassist, Troy is bassist/vocalist for Arizona's Sassiest Songstress LeeAnne Savage, The Tangelos, and The Minstrel's Ghost.

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Re: “City Council Wants Doug Ducey to Restore Funding for Joint Technical Education Districts

This is mystifying. If JTED was created from a Pima County referendum, why isn't the funding coming from Pima County's tax base? Why is this state-funded at all?

Lord, I'm glad I live outside city limits...

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Posted by Troy James Martin on 07/07/2015 at 5:19 AM

Re: “What If It Was an NAACP Meeting?

Here's an important reference that will point you historically in the correct direction: '“The degree of Republican support for the two bills actually exceeded the degree of Democratic support, and it’s also fair to say that Republicans took leading roles in both measures, even though they had far fewer seats, and thus less power, at the time,” PolitiFact said in a 2010 analysis of the GOP role in civil rights.'…

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Posted by Troy James Martin on 06/25/2015 at 9:08 AM

Re: “What If It Was an NAACP Meeting?

David, you have a little problem with history, especially the line, "Sending dog whistles to racists has been part of the Republican Southern Strategy since the passage of Civil Rights legislation." It was the Democrats who were the party of racism in the civil rights era... The Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed with 80%+ Republican support. It was the Democrats who tried to scuttle it (including Al Gore, Sr., who voted against it).

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Posted by Troy James Martin on 06/25/2015 at 9:02 AM

Re: “A 'Debt-Free College' Resolution Was Introduced in Congress Today

While I'm of the opinion that, especially at state universities, tuition is much higher than at should be (mostly due to high administrative costs), what the Democrats' proposal will do is actually lower the value of higher education. I guarantee that it will also lower the quality to where people just won't go to a university unless they want a degree in highly theoretical sciences or mathematics.

If it doesn't cost you something, chances are it's not worth anything.

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Posted by Troy James Martin on 04/22/2015 at 5:29 AM

Re: “Chick-fil-A Critic Still Looking for Work After Harrassing Drive-Thru Worker Over Company's Opposition to Gay Rights

I wonder if this on-camera behavior is part of a pattern with him. Thoughtless, incendiary "gotcha!" posturing, especially on YouTube, does not display the soundest of judgment. If he were in charge of my money, I'd be looking elsewhere.

No one ever said free speech was without consequences. ;-)

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Posted by Troy James Martin on 04/03/2015 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Live

Since when should reporting an event be colored by a writer's likes or dislikes? Very poor journalism.

Posted by Troy James Martin on 12/28/2012 at 9:21 AM

Re: “2012 Tucson Area Music Awards Results

Timmothy, have you seen 80s & Gentlemen, who won Best Cover Band? They play TWICE a week EVERY week, to busy houses (and sometimes—rarely—just to the staff). They are as professionally minded, and musically proficient as they come. Sure, they play covers, but they don't fit your "elite" label, playing rarely and only to rarefied attendance.

I'm not going to comment on LeeAnne's talent or ability, because I'm in her band and I have a strong opinion that will not benefit this discussion (heck, it's not germane anyway), but I can tell you that every vote that came in on behalf of LeeAnne was legitimately and enthusiastically sought and cast. As Mr. Boegle pointed out, those votes have to be courted. If you aren't willing to do the legwork on behalf of the bands you care for and think are better, then as the old adage goes: "if you don't vote, don't bitch."

Timmothy, 2013 could be your band's year. Don't waste time posting screed here. Go lay some groundwork to elevate your favorite musicians' profiles and get them on the ballot. It may be just the ticket to get them noticed.

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Posted by Troy James Martin on 09/06/2012 at 2:52 PM

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