Tony Ames

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F. Anthony Ames (sometimes credited as Tony Ames) is a percussionist and producer. He has been a member of the percussion section of the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C. since 1968. He…
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F. Anthony Ames (sometimes credited as Tony Ames) is a percussionist and producer. He has been a member of the percussion section of the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C. since 1968. He has been involved in the founding of several small groups, including the 20th Century Consort, the Romantic Chamber Festival, the Folger Consort, Hesperus, and the Martha's Vineyard Music Festival.

Ames has worked as a producer and orchestra contractor in the D.C. area. His activities included hiring the orchestra for the Terrace Theater Series of the Washington Opera at Kennedy Center, and the Potomac Chamber Orchestra, which he assembled to make recordings of classic American musicals. For the National Symphony he devised the "NSO in Your Neighborhood" program. He has also produced recordings for the Smithsonian and Bridge Records labels, and worked on film projects, including a ten-hour documentary series about Western music history, one episode of which won a prize at the 1986 Houston Film Festival.

He was credited as percussion soloist on the National Symphony Orchestra's Decca recording of Michael Kamen's The New Moon in the Old Moon's Arms.