Troy "Good Medicine" De Roche
Hot Springs, Montana
De Roche has been called “the epitome of pure beauty in sound." Expressing traditional values and the spiritual nature of Native American people through music is the goal of Native American flautist Troy De Roche. He achieves this by playing his original songs from the heart without synthesizer or sampling so the true voice of the flute may be heard.
Troy is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation and grew up in and around Heart Butte, Montana, the geographic heart of the reservation. Troy has experienced both the traditional values of his people and the contemporary struggle, absorbing both with equal measures of respect and appreciation, testimony to which is evidenced by his reputation as a musician, songwriter, and artisan. He was given the name "Shu'k Sha'mii" which means "Good Medicine" for the healing powers of his music. It has been three generations since the elders felt someone was worthy of this powerful name.
In demand to perform at shows, festivals, workshops and exhibitions across the country, Troy has carried the gift of his music worldwide. Troy has played diverse venues from the Homeland Security Headquarters in Honolulu Hawai’i to New Orleans Jazz Festival and Heritage Festival in Louisiana. He has been featured The Leeds Playhouse in Leeds England, the MAC Theater in Birmingham, England, the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Museum of Man in San Diego, California, the Maui Performing Arts Center in Waipahu, Maui and the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii. He was the Featured Musician at the 2008 Great Falls American Indian Art Show in Montana. His performance during “At the Crossroads: A Fire Ceremony” in Seattle Washington drew the following: “Your music moved 10,000 people!”
Troy is recognized as one of the few authentic Native American Flute makers; each De Roche flute being an original handcrafted piece of art, not production line nor lathe turned. The quality of his craftsmanship is evident in the beautiful and clear tones of his instruments. Troy has shown his work at the Heard Museum, San Diego Museum of Man, Northwest Folklife Festival, Montana Folk Festival, and Museum of the Northern Plains as well as numerous smaller events. At the Sweet Willow Indian Market in Great Falls, Montana he was selected by his peers for the Artists’ Choice Award and was also awarded First Place in Traditional Sculpture. De Roche flutes are in private collections in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Sweden, Ireland, England, Scotland, and the United States. They are available online at www.songstick.com as well as at their gallery in Hot Springs and the Electric Buffalo Gallery in Big Fork, Montana.
Preserving tradition is an important part of Troy’s life. He was given a Common Ground Award by the First Nations Composers Initiative for this work. He took part in the World Indigenous Flute Panel at Windward College in Honolulu, Hawai’i and gives workshops on Native American Flute Music. He and his wife live in Hot Springs, Montana where they own Song Stick Gallery.