Winter 2009 Distinguished Alumnus
TROY A. HARDY, '95
Troy Hardy is a multi-Emmy nominated music editor, composer, and guitarist. He is also owner of Meltro Music in greater-Los Angeles, California.
Hardy earned a bachelor of art in music from Grand Valley State University in 1995. He moved to Los Angeles the day after graduation to begin recording with a band under Sony Music A&R representative Randy Jackson of American Idol fame. He landed a job as an office assistant with a local music company which composed music for the television show Baywatch, and diligently worked his way into a music editor role. He then expanded to other agencies, working on higher profile shows before branching out on his own.
His television series credits as music editor include HBO’s Entourage, CBS’s CSI-Crime Scene Investigation and Viva Laughlin, NBC’s The West Wing, Showtime's Huff, and pilot episodes of My Name is Earl, and Grey’s Anatomy. To date, Hardy has completed work on over 250 television episodes.
Hardy also boasts an impressive list of composition credits. He scored the music for NBC’s The Jake Effect, and the end credits for the film Pursued. His original songs have appeared in a multitude of television shows including; American Idol, CSI:Crime Scene Investigation, E.R., Huff, The West Wing, Once & Again, iCarly: iGo to Japan, and Baywatch, to name a few. His compositions were also featured in movie trailers for Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Last Chance Harvey and Role Models.
Hardy played guitar on the main title theme for TLC’s Little People, Big World. He also played on underscores for the movie Pursued, and the series Baywatch, Baywatch Nights and Hard Copy. He has written and performed with many established Los Angeles artists, and co-written with Grammy winning songwriters.
He has received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series. He also earned Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel nominations in 2008 and 2009 for Best Sound Editing - Music for Short Form Television.
While a student at GVSU, Hardy was a resident assistant, played in the Studio Jazz Orchestra, the Laker Marching Band and sang in Festivale Chorale. He credits his well-rounded experience at Grand Valley in building the foundation for his success. “It wasn’t just my formal education that has made a difference, but rather the experiences outside the classroom that have altered my course in life.” Hardy said.
Hardy and his wife Melissa, ’94, whom he met while both attended GVSU, currently reside in Stevenson Ranch, CA and have three daughters.