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Gary Swindell

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I attended Savannah High School and was very involved in the Jazz Ensemble & the Choral groups. I owe a lot of my vocal technique to Mr. Waterbrook who was an awesome teacher, conductor, and most of all a great vocalist. We did a lot of cool stuff including a trip to Washington D.C. where we sang at the Whitehouse, in the Rose Garden(nationally televised) and in the Rotunda. We also did the national anthem at an Atlanta Braves game (nationally televised). Theatrical interest also began at this point when I performed the lead role in the The Wiz!
Savannah State College was a great experience. I majored in Vocal performance.
My greatest influences were : Vocals: Dr. Willie Jackson , Piano: Dr. Jane Parker , Music Theory: Dr. Otto Becker , Acting Theory & Technique: Dr. R.L.Stevenson, Performance in General: Dr. Ja Jahannes. I had several life changing encounters while at Savannah State, including a Master Class with world renowned Jazz Pianist & Composer Billy Taylor. Many of my greatest life lessons concerning artistic integrity and commitment to being the absolute best possible came from my 2 primary mentors Dr. R.L. Stevenson & Dr. Ja Jahannes through direction, travel, performance & genuine friendship.
Continued to tour with Jahannes & Company to many venues in the United States including Virgin Islands. Performed for sevaral years with the Savannah Theater Company - Mini Repertory, performing Children's shows & Musical revues by day and Mainstage shows in the evenings. I also Landed many major lead roles with the Hilton Head Playhouse including Big River, & Little Shop of Horrors and Performed at a very successful Dinner theater (Broadway Musical Dinners) in Hilton Head for several years. All the while and to the present,I acted in Commercials, & did Voice-over work for radio & Television as well as character voices for life sized puppets (Puppet People). I currently have several Independent film - Acting & Musical Composition credits.


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