Originally from Kentucky, Tony’s sister had attended a Beatles concert. She told him, “You look just like Ringo,” and handed him a pair of drumsticks. From then on, every surface became a drum to Tony. After moving to Rapid City in 1976, he joined his friend, Donnie Williams, to form a band called Foggy Notion. They opened shows for Steppenwolf, Black Oak Arkansas, and later played with Freddy Fender. In 2001 Tony joined Abbey Road, the excellent Beatles tribute band as their drummer. His vocations included working at a pawn shop and trading musical instruments. Tony passed away in January of 2019.


2020Spirit of the Music Award