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Tony Briones grew up in Mexico surrounded by music. His father was a musician and had his own band. When he was eight years old he began playing guitar in that band. "I remember playing every weekend sometimes Friday, Saturday, and even Sunday in weddings, quinceañeras, graduation parties and other special events as well as concerts," he recalls. After moving to the U.S. he lived in Port Arthur, TX for eight years. He graduated from Memorial High School, where he learned to read music and began playing piano. While there he joined the jazz band and auditioned for all-region twice and placed both times. He also auditioned for a T.V. show for Hispanic audiences similar to American Idol called “Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento” in Houston TX. He got in and sang his way to Hollywood CA, making it to the quarter finals, semifinals, and eventually the finals, where he ranked in the top five. Tony went on to attend Lamar State College in Port Arthur where he studied commercial music performance on piano. After his first semester at Lamar he started working as a pianist/accompanist for the choir at First United Methodist Church of Groves TX and later began teaching at the Tonalta School of Music. He graduated from Lamar in May 2015 with an A.A.S. in Music and decided to attend Texas State University with a goal to graduate with a bachelor’s in Jazz performance. On the weekends he plays with a a salsa band from San Antonio called Libertad Orquesta as well as every Sunday at Staples United Methodist Church.