Gilbert BeckMilitary bands have had a long association with the game of football...
Gilbert Beck – Film 1Gilbert Beck joined The North Staffordshire Regiment as a band boy in 1948. Initially he played the tuba, and then the bass trombone. In this film, Gilbert recalls his musical roots in Oxfordshire where he sang in the church choir and learnt to play their organ before taking up the double bass in a dance band.
Gilbert Beck – Film 2Gilbert travelled with his Regiment to Northern Italy, where the Austrians, Hungarians and Italians were squabbling over who owned Trieste. He's then posted further afield to Korea – a place he knew very little about.
Gilbert Beck – Film 3Whilst serving in Trieste and Korea, Gilbert gains experience in conducting and band arrangements. He also shares some interesting recollections of Kneller Hall from the early fifties.
Gilbert Beck – Film 4Gilbert talks about his first visit to Kneller Hall. It was in the early 1950's and he recalls the set-up.
Gilbert Beck – Film 5Gilbert returns to Kneller Hall from Korea to do the three year bandmasters course. It's an opportunity to cut a record. On a wax disc!
Gilbert Beck – Film 6The 3 year bandmaster course was not easy. Learning how to harmonise, conduct and manage the band were all a challenge and for Gilbert, too much of one. Share in his disappointment in this film and see what he did next...
Military bands have had a long association with the game of football…