Troy Andrews Story of Musical Mentorship

Tulane's Trombone Shorty Academy helps high school students realize their musical dreams.
3:00 | 12/17/13

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From td ameritrade. Finally tonight, the music man, the man they call trombone shorty, a child prodigy overcame a lot of tough times. He is now teaching other children the power of music and the path to a new life. Abc's byron pitts now on the man who is america strong. Give it up for trombone shorty. ♪ ♪ Reporter: To his fans, he is trombone shorty. First handed a horn at age four. That's my young brother, the trombone player, trombone shorty. Reporter: -- Troy andrews was nurtured for greatness before he could tie his shoes. There he is performing with the legendary bo diddley. It was this city's music that saved troy from its violence, his talent a ticket to another world, sharing the stage with lenny kravitz, just this year headlining jazzfest. Now troy is sharing his gift. This is the trombone shorty academy at tulane university, where high school students by the dozen get a free musical education, renewing a lost tradition of musical mentorship. A lot of older musicians aren't around anymore. It's a different place after the storm. Reporter: The storm. The scars of hurricane katrina still run deep here. What trombone shorty is providing -- an ointment for the soul. One of troy's star studen -- 17-year-old pianist sky tassion lott, adopted by her aunt after her own parents ran into trouble with the law. When I started this program i just gained a bigger passion for music. I was like I want to do this for the rest of my life. Reporter: Now she is weighing scholarship offers to college. Wait a minute. You're very shy. You're very soft spoken. But you start playing and you get loud. You get big. What is that? I guess that's my inner lion. Reporter: A lioness who might never have found her voice if not for trombone shorty. He is america strong.

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