Frankly Speaking

IN OUR FRANKLY SPEAKING PROGRAMMES, frank LOOKs BACK AT PEOPLE, PERFORMANCES, MUSIC AND EVENTS WHICH HAVE LEFT A SIGNIFICANT MARK ON his LIFE AS A MUSICIAN.

As Frank says, "some I hope you'll find amusing, others thought provoking or moving, but all will be written from the heart".

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“The President’s Own”
July 21, 2021

“The President’s Own”

In this edition of Frankly Speaking, I'm taking an affectionate look at the "The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organisation, and one that to my mind excels in just about every department.

 

Kneller Hall
July 5, 2021

Kneller Hall

In this edition of Frankly Speaking, I'm paying tribute to Kneller Hall, both the place itself, and the wonderful people who made it the home of military music for over 150 years.

 

 The Come Back Trumpeter
June 4, 2021

The Come Back Trumpeter

In this edition of Frankly Speaking, I've got my cornet in my hand and I'm musing about re-discovering the sheer fun and total joy that there is to be had from playing.


 

 Post Covid Contesting
May 16, 2021

Post Covid Contesting

In this edition of Frankly Speaking, I'm putting forward some hopefully thought provoking, possibly revolutionary and for some, quite challenging, ideas about Post Covid Contesting.


 

Jiggs Jaeger
April 30, 2021

Jiggs Jaeger

In this edition of Frankly Speaking, I'm reflecting on the life and times of Jiggs Jaeger, a towering figure in the world of military music, who was hugely influential in my own career.


 

The CWS (Manchester) Band
April 16, 2021

The CWS (Manchester) Band

In this edition of Frankly Speaking, I'm reflecting on the CWS (Manchester) Band, which despite going out of business as it were in 1985, is still thought of with great affection by legions of brass band listeners all over the world.