He called himself “Mr. Music of Kansas City.” Tony DiPardo, who grew up on the Hill in St. Louis started playing live music at Chiefs games in 1963 and with his war head dress on, he would ride Warpath around Arrowhead Stadium. He was fixture at Chiefs games. DiPardo died yesterday at a hospital in Lee’s Summit, He was 98.
DiPardo and The T.D. Pack Band played live music at every Chiefs home game and DiPardo was honored by head coach Hank Stram in 1969 with a Super Bowl ring for the team’s victory in Super Bowl IV.
The Chiefs did not use DiPardo’s band from 1983-1988, but brought the band back after popular demand which then included his daughter Patty.