Frank RentonFrank Renton witnessed many significant events during his 33 year career in the military.
Frank Renton – Film 1Frank tells how an “Idle” boy, through hard work and application was winning prizes and scholarships soon after he’d taken up the trumpet.
Frank Renton – Film 2In the Army with the band of the Royal Horse Guards, Frank remembers idyllic summer moments, but times that had a price for his musicianship.
Frank Renton – Film 3At the heart of any performance is the conductor: Frank passes on some of the essential skills required: it’s not just the hand with the baton, the eyes have it too.
Frank Renton – Film 4Posted to Germany with the Gordon Highlanders Frank meets fellow musicians from other NATO allies and finds he, and the British Army, have a lot to learn.
Frank Renton – Film 5When the Highlanders need more soldiers on the frontline in Northern Ireland Frank and his musicians lay down their instruments and find themselves under fire.
Frank Renton – Film 6Working with the Highlanders and posted to Singapore Frank wins high praise for them as “one of the finest bands in the Army” but then has to face a personal medical emergency.
Frank Renton – Film 7Frank talks about the meaning of the Last Post for those in the military and the strain on a musician playing music with such emotional significance.
Frank Renton – Film 8Posted to the Royal Artillery, Frank finds himself, like another notable musician, “getting the band back together again” for what was to be an absolute musical adventure.
Frank Renton witnessed many significant events during his 33 year career in the military.
Lt. Col. Frank Renton, who led the bands of the Gordon Highlanders, the Paras and the Royal Artillery before becoming principal director of music at Kneller Hall, looks back at his 33 years in Army music and wonders how a self-confessed “second-rate trumpet player” achieved so much. <p> <p>But his love for the Army and its musicians does not stop him expressing strong concerns about its future direction.