This is Thanks!
“You sound like Tom Waits beat up Billy Joel” – Fan at Desperate Annies
The suits. The suave. The sax. Thanks! leaves audiences with a show to remember whenever they hit the stage. What started out as three guys in a basement, has continuously built into a theatrical, reflective and dramatic performance that moves fans of all ages.
The six-piece rock outfit features rhythmic piano, melodic bass lines, jazz-influenced drums and a tight three-piece horn line laced with a deep, soulful vocal and rocking lead saxophone. Dressed to impress, Thanks brings a touch of class each and every night, embracing the art of performance to create a show-stopping atmosphere.
Fronted by multi-instrumentalist (piano, keys, saxophone) Andrew Grella and woven together by bassist Andrew DeWolf and drummer Ben “Chunk” Martin, the group embodies the collaboration of all three artists talents. The band has recently added a three-piece horn section to fill out their sound.
Playing in venues up and down the state of New York, the bands reach has gone as far north as Glens Falls, NY and as far south as New York City. From clubs to full stages, Thanks brings a palpable energy to the stage that is sure to leave an impression and entertain.
Andrew Grella is the multi-instrumentalist front man of Thanks! He started playing instruments when he was five years old and has been writing songs since he graduated college in 2016. Andrew is the heart and soul of this group, combining all of his talents to create an experience like no other.
Andrew played piano and saxophone throughout his schooling but took a brief break when he went to study journalism at Syracuse University from 2012-2016. Four years was too long to be away from what he loved, so he bought a saxophone after he graduated school and began the most meaningful part of his musical journey. Throughout his life, Andrew has played in many ensembles of several genres in America and abroad. He wants to continue to travel the world doing what he loves.
Andrew also pursues a career in television and has been part of many major sporting events for some of the main television networks. A creative in all senses, Andrew brings the band to life with his soulful vocals and his gut-wrenching saxophone. His biggest musical influences are Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Kid Cudi and Billy Joel.
Andrew DeWolf is a bass guitarist from the south shore of Massachusetts. He went to Schenectady County Community College for music production and has played in several bands local to the Saratoga Region. Taking influence from many musical styles, Andrew has developed a melodic and heavy bass style, often filling both the low and mid ranges of sound.
Andrew is also the co-host and co-creator of musical theater podcast, Musicals with Cheese, where he, and his partner Jesse McAnally, discuss musical theater shows and other musical related topics. The show has developed a following since its inception, averaging in the top 5 podcasts of its category in the apple charts.
Ben Martin is a trained musician with over a decade of active experience in percussion and drumming. Ben is trained in various musical styles such as classical, jazz, and rock. Beginning his musical training at the age of 9 he was performing in school bands. By the time he was in high school he was performing semi-professionally in small jazz combos. Since then he has
performed in several groups and ensembles such as the Capital Region Wind Ensemble, Empryea, Groove Nation and various college wind ensembles, jazz ensembles, and orchestras. Ben received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 2019 from the College of Saint Rose and his Master’s in Jazz Studies from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford.
Ben is also an experienced music educator having taught private lessons for Guilderland Music Academy as well as experience teaching music in public schools. Ben is an excellent communicator, very good at taking complex ideas and understanding their base concepts and expressing them in simple but accurate ways.
Along with freelancing Ben is currently the drummer for the rock/pop group Thanks! In addition
to this, he spends a lot of his free time doing freelance composition of rock, pop, and jazz music.
BACK UP MEMBERS
The suits. The suave. The sax. Thanks! Is a six-piece rock band from Saratoga Springs, NY. Led by Andrew Grella, Andrew DeWolf and Ben Martin, the band features saxophone, horns, bass and drums. The rock outfit has played all across New York State and is coming to a venue near you.