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Tony Pavilonis - Guitar/Vocals

Tony is a founding member of the Hot Metal Horns.

Tony was born in Chicago and raised in Wheaton Illinois.  He started playing guitar at 13 emulating the Ventures and The Beach Boys and started a band called the Ravins.


Tony made sure he kept a tight leash on the band’s drummer, a buddy of his named John Belushi.  Perhaps you’ve seen him on “Saturday Night Live” or in his hit films like “Animal House.”

Long before the “Blues Brothers” there were the “Blasucci Brothers” from Chicago!   They wore the sunglasses and did the whole shtick. What John Belushi did on TV and in the movies was exactly what they did in high school.

Tony was an original cast member on opening day at Walt Disney World.  He replaced Lee Ritenour in the house band at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

Tony has played back up guitar for Chuck Berry, The Platters, The Drifters, Tony Orlando and Dawn, Herman's Hermits, Gloria Gaynor, Freda Payne, and Olivia Newton John.

Tony is an accomplished musical instrument craftsman and has built, designed, repaired and set up solid and hollow body electric and acoustic guitars.  He also built a replica classic Fender Tweed Champ, Deluxe, and Bassman amplifier.

Tony went to college at Cal State Long Beach and learned to fly. Toured the US and Far East and lived in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Orlando, and Tokyo, Japan.

Tony acquired pilot ratings airplane single and multiengine instrument flight and ground instructor and flight engineer ratings during the day playing gigs at night.  He graduated from UCLA.

Tony spent 36 years as an airline pilot flying the Boeing 727, 737, 757 and 767, Douglas DC-8, DC-9 and MD-80,  BAE 146,  and Airbus 319, 320, and 321.  He was a proud captain that flew for 25 years with zero accidents, incidents, or violations.

Tony has built and fly’s his own Van's RV-7 airplane!!  He has also restored classic British sports cars, Triumph TR-3 and TR-4, and a 1947 Chris Craft runabout.  He is the President of Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 68 at the Beaver County Airport.

Tony has been married 36+ years to his wonderful wife Vickie whom he met at Disneyland.  He has two kids, a daughter (Liane) who is a creative producer in New York City, and a son (Charlie) who is a pilot in the United States Air Force. 

Tony Pavilonis