Erin started her vocal career at a young age with the Palatine Children's Chorus. At age 9, Erin traveled in and around the Chicagoland area performing for young children and dignitaries alike. In 1999, Erin and the choir completed a tour through Niagra Falls, Canada where she was a featured soloist and fortunate enough to perform under the direction of choral conductor Doreen Rau. Summer 2002, she sang in Carnegie Hall for the first time and again in 2005 . Erin's first international tour was in 2006. The choir traveled from Wales to London, ending in Canterbury where she sang in Canterbury Cathedral under the direction of Henry Leck.
Erin's formal training came from Boston Conservatory afterwards moving to Minneapolis, MN to study voice with Elizabeth Mannion and was the runner up in the Schubert Club's classical voice competition in 2007 where she received a stipend to further her musical education. In 2008, Erin joined the Minnesota Opera company, singing with them for 2 seasons before joining the U. S. Navy as a vocalist.
While stationed in Memphis, TN, performing with the U. S. Navy Band Erin was also a regular with the Memphis Jazz Orchestra lead by former Navy Commodore Howard Lamb. She started production on her debut album Erin Strickland And The World At Large here and it was finished and released after moving to Naples, Italy in 2014.
Outside of singing with the Naval Forces Europe Band, Erin performs with the various bands of Strickland Music Productions. Her favorite jobs always include performing with her husband, trumpet player Benjamin Strickland.
A North Carolina native, as a child his family surrounded him with musical opportunity and education. He began playing the trumpet at age 11 and ever since has devoted his soul to mastering it as well as educating others. Benjamin began his formal eduction at Greensboro College and studied with some of North Carolina's top Jazzmen, Benjy Springs, Neil Clegg, and Dave Fox to name a few. His love for the music of Count Basie thrived here and after finishing his undergraduate degree he was invited to study with famed Basie trumpeter Scotty Barnhart at Florida State University. While working on his masters degree his passion for arranging grew under the teachings of trombonist and arranging guru Paul Mckee. Ben's arrangement have been featured by bands all over the world by various high school,college, and military bands. His arrangements will soon be featured on the web site, until then please contact him for inquiries.
Since college Benjamin has been an active member of JEN, the Jazz Education Network, and is devoted to teaching music to people of all ages and educating the world about Jazz, America's classical music.
In 2009 Benjamin joined the Navy Music Program and was stationed in New Orleans, Louisiana. While in New Orleans he was fortunate enough to have shared the stage with some of the cities finest musicians including Dr. John, Meter's Guitarist Leo Nocentelli, New Orleans NightCrawlers as well as too many Brass Bands to name. In 2012 Ben then was moved up the Mississippi to Memphis, Tennessee. He quickly became a regular member of the Memphis Jazz Orchestra, and played with Blue's Pianist Victor Wainwright and Hope Clayborn's Soul Scrimmage as well as the up and coming Mighty Souls Brass Band.
Since moving to Naples, Italy Benjamin and Erin are touring throughout Europe and Africa and have appeared at Roma Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazzfest and the Pozzuoli Jazz Festival. To stay up to date with their up coming projects and gigs as well as new album releases please sign up for the mailing list!