Bill Strickland, 82, who was a Washington band leader before becoming a real estate sales representative in 1948, died of emphysema Saturday at the Carroll Manor nursing home in Hyattsville.
Mr. Strickland was a native of Columbia, S.C., and came to Washington at the age of 21 after attending the University of South Carolina.
Between 1933 and 1946, he led a dance orchestra at the old Lotus Club at 14th Street and New York Avenue NW. He also organized bands and put together musical shows for the Wardman Park and Willard hotels.
In addition to leading the "Bill Strickland Orchestra," he played the drums. He and his band played at several presidential inaugural balls during the 1930s and 1940s. He also received awards from the USO for entertaining troops during World War II.
Mr. Strickland joined the James L. Dixon real estate company as a sales representative and worked there until retiring about five years ago.
He was a life member of the musician's union.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret E. of Hyattsville; a son, Louis W. Jr. of Gaithersburg; a sister, Blanche Lewis, and a half-brother, Dr. John Strickland, both of Richmond, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.