THURSDAY MUSIC SPOTLIGHT- CODY THE BAND
Written by Andrew-Rossi on March 18, 2021
For the members of Cody the Band, their 24 years of touring and performing were “the best of both worlds.”
Founding members Greg Pendley and Howard Thompson sat down Thursday morning to share stories and history of the now-defunct local group.
What started as a four-man acapella rotary act became an in-demand band, touring around the West Coast and going as far as Indianapolis and Mexico City to perform.
They even performed for Frank Sinatra at his home, surrounded by other music legends.
But as success grew and producers sought to capitalize on that success, the band reached its crossroads. All the members owned businesses in Cody and had kids in school.
“200 days a year touring on a bus – we just couldn’t do that,” Thompson said.
Ultimately, Cody the Band chose home and family over the pursuit of a future as a professional group.
There were attempts to reform and continue the magic. But in 2008, the group officially disbanded.
“We tried different things, but it became obvious. We either had to do it or not. We had to be in or out,” Pendley explained.
Today, Cody the Band exists as a happy memory and enduring legacy of classic music and excellent local musicians who decided to leave the nation on a high note and chose Cody over the world.
Listen to the full interview here: