Rhythm/Lead/Classical Guitar, 1995-present

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Gary at Fairleigh Dickinson University, May 8, 2009

Gary Radford is a Full Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, New Jersey and a founding father of The Professors. Gary was trained on classical guitar in England since the age of 13. He achieved Grade 5 proficiency, won the Classicial Guitar division of the Mansfield Music and Drama Festival on numerous occasions, and performed regulary in school concerts. Gary also played in The Alley Cats, a jazz band with trumpet, clarinet, and french horn that played a variety of jazz, swing, and big band music, and The Fabulous Techtones, led by the phenomenal Ted Clancey.

Sutton Centre School Concert
November 27, 1979

The Alley Cats
Sutton-in-Ashfield, April 1980

In 1979, Gary was a founding member of Sosostris, a band in the style of Genesis and Pink Floyd but which played original numbers (not quite as good as Genesis or Pink Floyd). The name "Sosostris" was derived from the name of a character in T. S. Eliot's "The Waste Land," Madame Sosostris, the gypsy fortune teller. Our grand ambition was to do a musical version of "The Waste Land" - can you imagine that?

Gary playing with Sosostris at St. Modwen's Undercroft, Sutton-in-Ashfield
September 27, 1980

Since coming the United States in 1986, Gary has discovered the joy of the American Blues. Gary plays a 1979 Les Paul Custom Silverburst guitar and an Alvarez nylon string classical guitar. His original songs performed by The Professors include:

And with the amazing John Barrows, Gary was co-writer on:

Gary's professional website can be found at

This page last updated November 21, 2018 by Gary Radford.
Many thanks to Kurt Wagner, Marie Radford, and Jon Oliver.