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Banding Together: The Alex Roy Band Makes Music at their Alma Mater


When the members of The Alex Roy Band were students in Thornton Academy’s music and arts programs, they had no idea that they would eventually form a band comprised solely of TA alumni. The 4 bandmates, who each graduated in different years, recently  came together to form the group. Frontman Alex Roy ‘04 travels all over New England and up and down the East Coast with fellow TA alumni Nicholas Bilotta '05, Matt Libby '09, and Adrian Bean '10. These well-loved performers bring an infectious energy and plenty of talent to the stage as they perform hits from the 70's, 80's, and 90's, as well as plenty of contemporary tunes and some originals. 

The band’s namesake is no stranger to putting on a great show. Best known for fronting his national band Sparks The Rescue, Alex Roy ‘04 has 20 full US tours under his belt, and has traveled and performed with Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Mayday Parade, All Time Low, and Ludo. Sparks The Rescue also performed on the Vans Warped Tour, on a European tour with The All American Rejects, and has sold more than 200K records, 20 million streams, and has had music videos featured on MTV. 

Now home from touring, Alex plays music locally alongside his fellow alumni. In June, Thornton Academy was lucky enough to land on the band’s schedule and hosted an outdoor show in the quad. Family, friends, alumni, and members of the Saco community came out to enjoy two hours of feel-good music. As an added bonus, special guest Ric Roy, member of TA’s class of 1969 and Alex Roy’s dad, joined the band on stage! 

Thornton’s Director of Development, Haley Thompson, was on-site to enjoy the special community performance. “Seeing and hearing our talented and accomplished alumni make music together was a reminder of what makes TA so special. It was a great show!” “We had a wonderful time performing at Thornton Academy!” agreed Alex. “Thornton is the place where my passion for writing and performing music all started...that passion was nurtured and encouraged for all of us by TA’s strong music and arts programs, and the amazing faculty. We’re glad to be back.” 

For more information about The Alex Roy Band, including a list of upcoming performances, visit their website: or find them at 


Story by Katie Beane