Tony was introduced to square dancing in 1972 through a teenage square dance program sponsored by the local Parks and Recreation Department. In 1974 Tony attended Promenade Hall Callers College in Indiana where he first met Dick Jones. Tony was so impressed with Dick that he "borrowed" much of his style and started using this new style in his own calling. In 1980 Tony made calling his full-time career and he now travels almost 300 days annually doing festivals and dances all over the world. He routinely calls in over 30 states each year, and has called in almost all fifty states. Tony has also called in Canada, Saudi Arabia, England, Sweden, Germany, Japan, Holland, Denmark, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Taiwan, Australia, and Norway. In 1985 Tony founded Royal Records. Tony is an Accredited Caller Coach and an accredited member of CALLERLAB. He has served on CALLERLAB's Board, its Executive Board of Governors, and two terms as Chairman of the Board. In 2000, Tony received CALLERLAB's highest award - The Milestone. In 2002, Tony became Editor of Square Dancing Today, the activity's first full-color, full size magazine.
Tony is an Accredited Caller Coach and an accredited member of CALLERLAB.
Check out Tony leading dancers in a Dance-By-Definition Plus tip, starting with a riff on everyone’s favorite Grand Square.
Enjoy Tony’s singing call to The Ghost Riders Band at the 73rd National Square Dance Convention, held in June 2023 in Mobile, Alabama.
Learn about Tony in his own words in the May 2023 episode of ‘Square Dance Callers, Talking’ podcast.