Troy Strand is a composer, educator, and multi-instrumentalist active in the Twin Cities. He earned a Master of Music Composition from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Music Education from Lee University. He teaches band, orchestra, and classroom music at the Paideia Academy partnership in Apple Valley. Strand is a three-time recipient of MacPhail Center for Music commissions and teaches Composing for Video Games camps and Composition Camp each summer. The American Composers Forum selected him for participation in its inaugural Composer Teaching Artist Training Program and he is an active game composer for iOS, Mac, and PC games.