Tony fell in love with the drums while watching Lawrence Welk. Parents could not afford a drum set so he made one out of a Ludwig parade drum, coffee cans (filled with screws) and square ceiling tiles. His parents finally were convinced this was not a fad and purchased him his first drum set (Slingerland) at 12 years old from The Drum Shop in Wilmington.
Tony started playing with his cousin and friends in the 60’s Met Bob Crowder in the early 70’s and they form local band favorite Deepwater. Met Doug Thacker and the band won two consecutive Battle of the Band’s 1977 & 1978, recorded a single that got air time on WAMS radio.
In 1981 He met his future wife Tammy and played with Ken Mckee, Mark Janocha, Rob Golebiewski and formed Teeze. He took several decades off to have a family and run his business.
His cousin Joe Mauro convinced him to start playing again and he joined The Committed and now the See Alice Band. His attraction to larger drum kits make it a source of jokes to fellow band members. Hey he loves Big Kits and cannot lie!