the shy boys story

Once Upon A Time...


The Shy Boys started with a few guys sitting around a campfire talking about all of the songs that moved and defined their generation. Someone picked up a guitar and the rest just came together. 

Their shows are electric and you cannot help but jump in the fray when you hear and see them. One minute you are singing along to an old favorite and the next, you are dragging your partner onto the dance floor. No genre is sacred…no era off limits. If it moved the world, they will play it. 

Since their debut at a local coffee shop more than a decade ago, The Shy Boys have been drawing fans and rocking parties, festivals, clubs, beaches and homes ever since. They have headlined small parties, major festivals and everything in between. They have even opened for a few big-name touring acts including Huey Lewis and the News and The Doobie Brothers. 

Known for amazing harmonies and multi-instrumental talents, The Shy Boys consistently capture the spirit and vibrancy that made these songs what they are. Also known for chemistry, stage presence and performance skills, they love to engage their audiences with wild and woolly antics, always leading the charge into full-blown revelry.  While the lineup has evolved over the years, the mission statement remains the same:   

"To provide a unique and memorable entertainment experience through professionalism, excellent musicianship, careful song and content selection, top notch customer service, and an unyielding emphasis on fun."

Come for the music, stay for the fun! We promise you won’t be disappointed!!


Meet The Band

Dave Thomas


Rhythm and Lead Guitar, Vocals, Flute, Keys, Bass, Piano, Recorder, Triangle, etc.

Dave has more than 40 years of professional experience as a musician.   If it has strings, keys, holes or otherwise makes noise, there is a good chance that Dave can play it well! 

Mark Richards


Lead and Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Bass, Piano

Mark's guitar skills are widely known in the Puget Sound and he has personally taught guitar to many of the best ax players on the Peninsula.

When not playing with The Shy Boys, there is a good chance you will find Mark volunteering his time and talents somewhere in the community.   

Kevin McStay


Bass, Drums, Harmonica, Neurotic Tendencies

A vetran of many bands, Kevin was a great fan of the Shy Boys long before he joined as a member.  Kevin also enjoys hiking, biking and spending time with any or all of his seven (yes seven) granddaughters.  

Mark Borah


Drums, Percussion, Comic Relief

It is said that when Mark was born, the doctor smacked him and he started crying in perfect 4/4 time at 125 gasps per minute.  His instinct for rhythm is matched only by his taste in music and he has a knack for suggesting just the right songs.  He is also HILARIOUS!  

Wendy Colbo


Lead and Backup Vocals, Percussion, Credibility

If you have attended a church service or been to a play in Gig Harbor any time in the past 15 years, there is a good chance that you have seen Wendy ply her magic.  As the newest addition to the band, Wendy has already demonstrated that she is perfect for what we do.  

Paul Nieto


Sound, Lights, Video, Drone Pilot

To be in a successful band, you must be a skilled musician.  But for the band to be successful, it MUST have a highly skilled sound person.  Paul is that guy for our band.  As both a musician and a technician, Paul brings great insight and years of experience to the job of "playing the band".