Tommy Joseph graduated in 1966 from Kosciusko High School where he excelled in band and music. He was started on the clarinet by Thomas Wasson in 1958 when he was in the fifth grade and participated in the Kosciusko band program until his graduation.
Like all eight of his siblings, band was more than an extracurricular activity. His participation in band set in motion a life-long love of music.
Joseph’s directors were Harry Clark, who went on to be the Director of Bands at the University of Kentucky for two decades, and Dr. John McCarley, who was ultimately a beloved music professor at Ole Miss.
Tommy served as Drum Major in junior high and high school. He was selected as a member of the Lions Band and enjoyed an all-expense paid trip to New York in 1966. Starting in the late 1950s and through the 1970s, there was hardly a year when one of the nine Joseph children was not a member of the Lions Band.
Tommy received a band scholarship to Ole Miss and was drum major of the ROTC Army Band for two years. Upon graduation, he accepted a position at Wright Music Company in Jackson, serving various music departments across the state and the South.
Tommy later received his medical technology degree and moved into the health field. He worked at the blood bank at Keesler Air Force Base on the Mississippi Coast.
He now continues to enjoy a fulfilling life in music as he plays clarinet in the Gulf Coast Wind Ensemble.