Everyday Tampa Bay: A Musician's Greatest Gig

Trumpet player Roy Stewart talks about his life as a jazz and classic rock musician and reveals that his greatest gigs were practicing for his dying wife and mother in his Seminole home. JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times
Trumpet player Roy Stewart talks about his life as a jazz and classic rock musician and reveals that his greatest gigs were practicing for his dying wife and mother in his Seminole home.JAMES BORCHUCK | Times
Published March 3 2017
Updated March 4 2017

Seminole native Roy Stewart lost his left arm in a car accident when he was 8-years-old. That tragedy didn't slow him down though. He inherited his grandfather's trumpet a few years later and learned how to play by practicing three times a day.

After high school, he joined a number of bands and traveled extensively through the U.S. playing jazz and classic rock. To this day, he still performs at local bars, restaurants and American Legion halls.

Stewart returned to the area with his wife Patty in the late 1980's to take care of his ailing mother. After she died, Patty developed cancer and Roy stopped performing to take care of her until she passed away in 2005.

Through it all, Roy said his favorite gigs were practicing in the living room while his ailing wife and mother listened from their bedrooms.

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