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Gary Strickland Music
Gary's musical and performing experience is as varied as the number of instruments he brings to the stage. An accomplished actor and professional clown, while he was the director at the historic Savannah Theatre, Gary held the coveted title of Ronald McDonald in the Southeast in the mid-eighties. During this time he was a prominent jazz musician on the Savannah music scene playing with local icons such as Teddy Adams, Chris Chandler and the late Ben Tucker. During the eighties it would not have been a surprise to catch Gary narrating the Young People's Guide to the Orchestra or Peter and the Wolf with The Savannah Symphony. He spent the nineties in Atlanta working with local blues and jazz musicians; touring as far as Switzerland with the Atlanta based band Mudcat and sharing the stage with music legends such as Frank Edwards, Buddy Guy and others. He was also the front man of the Decatur based band Jungle Jim and the Swingsets. Along with the music, he taught theatre and comedy improv through The Alliance Theatre Company as well as performing children's theatre at The Punch Line and Comic Cafe comedy clubs. His signature clown, Pikalow, was a common sight busking at Underground Atlanta or performing for schools and other groups in the Atlanta area. Studio sessions included blues, jazz and even the alternative rock band The Indigo Girls. The turn of the century brought Gary back to Savannah and the formation of The Fisheyed Fools, a Contemporary Christian band playing youth/family events and concerts throughout the Southeast along with artists like Jesse Manibusan, Matt Maher, Steve Angrisano and Chris Muglia.