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Piccolo Guy

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711 State St, Madison
Madison, WI 53703
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  1. The infamous guy who plays his Piccolo (very well) all year round on state street and also plays in the University Bands on either Tuesday or Thursday nights. Posted by: BadgerGirl53706 on May 11, 2008 (8) (1)
  2. Senior citizen in front of the University Book Store who plays his piccolo year round, frequently sporting a blaze orange hunting suit. Posted by: rpanzer on May 01, 2008 (7) (1)
  3. The man's name is Tom Ryan. He is widely referred to as the Orange Guy or the Piccolo Guy. Piccolissimo is the name of his band - they play at the Crystal Corner on the first Sunday of every month at 3:00.

    The other names attributed to him here are not common. Posted by: Mr-Blues on Jul 22, 2008 (5) (1)
  4. I've heard people refer to him as "Piccolito." He's friendly and quite talented. Posted by: brookeashlei on Aug 17, 2008 (2) (0)
  5. "Piccolo Guy" is far too vague. He is more commonly referred to as "Piccolo Pete" or "Piccolismo". Posted by: madisonian on Jul 14, 2008 (3) (1)
  6. Tom Ryan - 16 min documentary available here: Posted by: daniella on Jun 24, 2008 (5) (3)
  7. I went to school with Tom from the time we were 5 years old till graduating from High School. Unbeknownst to most of us, Tom was the brightest person, not only in the class, but brighter than the best of the teachers we had. Tom remains a colorful aspect to my youth, marching to his own drum, not intending to bother anyone, but carving out his own living for the enjoyment of others, despite the chagrin on some. If I had to smell the same food every lunch hour, every day, it would probably bother me, too. Good luck, Tom. May your days be happy and sounding with joy! Tim Posted by: Newtonjames on Apr 02, 2012 (1) (0)
  8. Whether you call him "Piccolo Guy", "Orange Guy", or "Orange Piccolo Guy", Tom Ryan has been wearing green lately. Apparently he's not married to the color for which he has become infamous in the Madison area. Posted by: Anonymous on Jun 27, 2009 (2) (1)
  9. The Piccolo guy aka "Blaze" is so well known in Madison that a guy dressed up as him for Halloween. Posted by: jessicaloy on Jul 12, 2008 (1) (0)
  10. He has also been known to dye his usually white locks green on St. Patrick's day. Posted by: nebulous on Jun 17, 2008 (3) (2)
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Blaze Orange (Part 1)
Kevin Kilduff gives us this excellent documentary of Tom Ryan, the man behind the piccolo music and blaze orange hunting suit so often heard at Library Mall during lunchtime.
Blaze Orange (Part 2)
The second installment of Kevin Kilduff's documentary, Blaze Orange.
Tom Ryan playing the piccolo
Here is Tom Ryan playing the piccolo for Red Dragon TV's open mic.

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