SUN CITY CENTER - He does it for the love of music. Butterflies and all.
Even after more than 40 years, Troy Coman still gets nervous before a performance. Winner of the 2011 Bright Stars Senior Talent Show, the Sun City Center resident comes from a family of musicians. His debut performance was in grade school, when along with his two brothers, he sang "WeThree Kings" at his elementary school in Michigan. He was 9.
"As a child I would get up on stage and I would get so nervous right before I had to perform," Coman said. "Even all these years later, I still get nervous. But once I hear the music, the nervousness stops, and I am ready to go. I love to entertain the audience."
Coman and Brenda, his wife of more than 48 years, moved to Sun City Center in 2006, when he retired from Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Mich. Originally from nearby Belleville, he sang with several local bands over a span of 40 years, performing a wide variety of music including American standards, pop, country and doo wop and spending time singing with his church choir on Sundays.
But he doesn't always sing while on stage, as he showed during his time with the Dorothy Ashby Theatrical Troupe out of Detroit. The group performed in Chicago, Toronto and New York.
Before leaving Michigan, he was honored to sing the national anthem for the induction of new citizens on July 4 and before a Detroit Tigers baseball game.
Since moving to Sun City Center, Coman has performed with the Pelican Players, the Follies and local charity events like Fun Fest and other events raising funds for troops at home and abroad. He also sings in the choir at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church in Sun City Center.
Lorianne De Loreto is a freelance writer who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.