Having auditioned and been accepted into the U.S. Navy School of Music, bandleader Joey Thomas entered the U.S. Navy after graduation from Somers Central High School in North Westchester County, NY in June 1961. Assigned to a Navy Band, he served on five aircraft carrier cruises, including two on the U.S.S. Intrepid, which now serves as the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City.
As a member of Unit Band 146 out of Norfolk, VA, Joey served as an American Ambassador of Good Will performing concerts across Europe and the eastern United States. After his military service, Joey continued performing on the road with many Top 40 bands, one of which performed shows with Dick Clark’s Cavalcade of Stars in the late 60’s. After a decade on the road, Joey settled in New York’s Capital Region satisfying his love of music and maintaining his chops by playing with a number of Top 40 and party bands including The Kings Four and Morgan BLVD.
Joey tried to take a hiatus from the music world sometime in the late 1980’s, but the music bug bit Joey once again … he just couldn’t stay away. In May of 1992 he decided to put together the band of his dreams and thus, The Joey Thomas Big Band was born.