Tony was a former soldier for 12 years from school. Serving with specialised Commando and Airborne forces teams based in Royal Marines Poole. This led him to work all over the world including the desert, arctic, jungles of the far east and also operational tours of duty in Iraq and the conflicts in Northern Ireland.
After leaving the military he decided to change his career for something he always had an interest in which was music. So he applied for a full time student position at the musicians institute in LA California. At the time he wasn’t good enough on the guitar to get a place so he managed to get a guitar teacher to do the audition CD for him that he had to send in with the application! After being accepted he sold his house to pay for the fees, packed a bag and a guitar and got on a plane to LA. Once there he managed to convince the school for him to stay by promising he would work very hard to graduate.
It was LA where he met now, Broadway composer/writer Drew Gasparini. They were room mates and played in a band together. Their friendship has continued on, often Tony sings in Drew’s shows in London.
Also during this time he was the co – composer/lyricist for Wag the musical which had its debut run at London’s Charing cross theatre. He has also worked as a personal trainer in the entertainment business to famous pop artistes, radio and TV presenters, Hollywood Oscar wining actors, stuntmen and stunt coordinators at Pinewood studios and Sony studios LA.
As well as a working musician/actor, Tony is currently working on a couple of projects. A new script that is being written for a world war two movie where he will also be the military advisor on the project and a Tony’s new original idea for a musical called “Loving the afterlife” which he is very excited about. Also a new jukebox musical.
The military taught Tony a lot of discipline and skills he uses in life. But through all his experience so far he has learnt one big lesson.