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Don Johnson, our fiddle player, has been with The Arizona Dance Hands for about two-and-a-half years. He is much sought after for recordings and special occasions. Don plays several styles of fiddle, and is a valuable asset to our music.
Don joined The Arizona Dance Hands after Ed Smith was forced to retire due to ill health. Ed had been with us for over 40 years.
Toni Clark is the bass player for The Arizona Dance Hands. She sings beautifully, Patsy Cline Style.
Toni has recorded in Nashville and toured with the USO Shows in Viet Nam.
She jokingly says she is the oldest member of the band, because she is an old time movie buff and knows all the songs from the old musicals when we need them. You see, we play requests much of the time, and you can't know too many songs.
Earl Mock is an original member of the Arizona Dance Hands.
He plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, mandolin and bass.
He also sings and does harmony.
Dean Armstrong is the founder of the band. He formed the Arizona Dance Hands in 1948, when he first moved to Tucson. He was inducted into the Tucson Area Music Association (TAMA) Hall of Fame, and is listed in "Who's Who in the West", "Who's Who in Entertainment", and "Who's Who in the World". He received the Jefferson Award" for community service in 1992.
Dean has led the band continuously since the very beginning.