FRANKLY SPEAKING with A Farewell to two fine Military Musicians
In this edition of Frankly Speaking I pay tribute to two old friends and colleagues who died last month.
Ray Todd, was principal Cornet of the band of the Royal Horse Guards when I joined in 1959, a lifelong Salvationist he was at the same time Principal Cornet of the Chalk Farm Citadel Band and a wonderful player. He was also a thoroughly good man and respected by everyone who knew him.
Michael Dabbs MBE, was a product of the Grimethorpe Junior Band where he played alongside the likes of Roger Webster, Stan Lippeatt, Peter Roberts and Roy Batty, but as soon as he was of age he left for London where he joined the Band of the Grenadier Guards.
He became Principal Trombone but more importantly progressed through the ranks to become Band Sergeant Major, and a fine example of everything that is good about military music.
Two good men, who I liked and respected in equal measure.