History of Tony Goetz
Anton Goetz: The man Anton "Tony" Goetz was born in Hungary in 1884. After attending music school in Budapest, he traveled to the United States alone at the age of 14. He worked with many musical groups, including the Chicago Symphony, and eventually decided to direct the United States Army Band at only 24 years of age. After his military service, Tony's interest in the Shriner Band led him to Muskogee, Oklahoma in 1922. He became the Director of the Bedouin Temple Band and the city acquired a renowned musician, teacher, composer and arranger. Tony used to say, "Give me a bunch of children and I am right at home." For that reason, he enjoyed his position as the Muskogee High School Band Director. He served Muskogee Public Schools for over 25 years. Mr. Goetz was honored by being named the Junior Chamber of Commerce's "Most Valuable Citizen" and Muskogee celebrated "Tony Goetz Day" in January 1946. After his passing in March 1948, a new school was built and named in his honor. We, at Tony Goetz Elementary School, continue to carry the legacy and love Mr. Goetz left us.
Muskogee Phoenix article from June 1992 soliciting Anton "Tony" Goetz memorabilia. Mr. Goetz was being honored for his contributions to music by the Oklahoma Band Directors Association.