Local Talent

Here is a listing of local musical talent affiliated with the Springfield Boys & Girls Clubs. Please give a listen and stay “tuned” as we will be updating the talent page periodically.

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Avery Mann

Avery Mann began studying the guitar at the Boys & Girls Club when he was seven years old.

His reasons for starting was he wanted to impress the girls. Avery is now a senior at Central High School. As you can tell he is a fantastic singer and guitarist. Avery performed at the Boys & Girls Club of America National Conference and Regional Conference. Click below to listen.


John Strickler

John Strickler is a guitar virtuoso who has been teaching and performing in the Springfield area for decades.John performs as many as four days a week at local music venues. John has taught at the Boys & Girls Club for over 20 years. He has often said that teaching at the club is one of his favorite music experiences. Please click below for a sampling of John’s music.


PAt Gartland

Pat Gartland is the CEO of Boys & Girls Club of Springfield since 2002 and is passionate about the club’s music program and how it helps children grow as individuals. Pat is working on a project to bring a recording studio to our inner city and is looking forward to volunteer with deserving youth. Click below for a sampling of his music featuring John Strickler and volunteer Jordan Pierce.