Moscow State Institute of Culture
Voronezh Regional Cultural and Educational School
From 1966 to 1971 Alexander Ivanovich studied at the Voronezh Regional Cultural and Educational School. In 1968, he joined the Soviet Army, where he served as the chief of an army club. At the same time, Alexander Ivanovich began making his first attempts to write songs. For six years (1970-1976) he was a student of the Moscow State Institute of Culture.
From 1971 to 1973 Alexander Ivanovich worked as an art director of the House of Culture in the village Semeno-Alexandrovka, Bobrovsky district. In 1973, he hold the post of director of the House of Culture in the village Repyovka. He was a singer and choirmaster of the Voronezh State Academic Russian Folk Choir named after K.I. Massalitinov for nine years (1974-1983).
In 1983, Alexander Ivanovich founded and headed the folk song ensemble "Koltsovsky Krai" at the Palace of Machine Builders in Voronezh, which became the winner of all-Russian competitions. In 1999, he officially achieve the poet rank. In that year the first collection of his poems, lyrics, and other works were published in Voronezh. Since 2005, the City Song Festival "Rus' Stozvonnaya" named after Alexander Ivanovich has been held in Voronezh. Also, there is the festival "Zolotaya Okolitsa" dedicated to Tokmakov in Voronezh Oblast.
Alexander Ivanovich had a son.