Tony started playing the drums at age 4, played in his first professional gig at 10, and played most weekends in the local music scene starting at age 13.
Tony’s first drum teacher, Richard Speer, laid a solid foundation of rudiments and taught him to read music and was fortunate to study with world renowned drummers Colin Bailey (Vince Gueraldi “Charlie Brown Christmas”) , Victor Feldman ( “Bass Drum Control”), Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, Ringo Starr All Star Band, LA Session master), Rick Latham (Juice Newton, Edgar Winter, author of “Advanced Funk Studies”). Tony also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of North Texas on a music scholarship and participated in the jazz program.
Tony has toured with Grammy nominated Christian music artists Mylon Lefevre, Wayne Watson, Cindy Morgan, and Point of Grace, and has been a requested drummer in the Dallas, Nashville, and Austin recording studios. As a drum teacher, Tony is a proud member of the Professional Drum Teachers Guild of America and the Percussive Arts Society. He teaches all levels and styles and brings his years of professional experience to every student. Tony believes that “one size does not fit all” when teaching. He understands that each student has a different learning style and finds the best approach to help them succeed. Tony is the worship pastor at the Austin Vineyard Church.
Today, Tony teaches drum lessons at the Pfluger Rock School of Music for superior drum lessons in Pflugerville, Round Rock, Texas.Back to Classes & Teachers>