The Empire- From the Front Lines (Incredible Jousting Band Director Edition!)

Every month we highlight one of our troopers to share a bit about themselves and how the their Legion commitment affects their lives.  This month we decided to highlight Joey Moran, the coolest band director you’ll ever meet!

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What is your name and why did you pick your 501st Alias? 

(Joey Moran) One of my first Dragon Cons, 2000 my hair was died blonde so when I was running around in trooper armor, when people saw the blonde hair they called me Luke

When did you join the Legion and why?

1999, I thought having Stormtrooper armor and being a part of like minded SW fans was the coolest thing since sliced bread

Of all of the troops you have been a part of, which one has stood out the most & why? 

There are so many, it’s hard to pick. The Baltimore Bar Mitzvah was legendary, but probably the first CHOA visit in the hospital. We fought hard to have the privilege to do a troop for sick kids, and that day, swing those sick and in some cases dying kids, I was thankful I had a bucket on. Serious tears shed for what those babies and their families were going through

How has being a part of the 501st impacted your life?

It has given me the opportunity to make a set of friends that are among some of my closest in the world

Outside of trooping and 501st related stuff, what do you do for a living, and what are some other interests or hobbies that you have?

I am a high school Band Director, I am a full contact jouster, I do several genres of costumes.

Can you give us an idea as to the kind of support you get from friends and family regarding the 501st and all the great things that you have done with the GA Garrison?

I have great support from family and friends. They all think it’s pretty cool.

And lastly, is there anything, Star Wars related or not, that people might not know about you that they might be surprised to find out? 

I’m a car guy too, I’ve owned some beautiful automotive works of art in my life.


Thank you for the intriguing insights, Joey! Have a great April, everyone.