Fred became a member of 96.5 Inner FM in 2002 and was invited to be co-presenter of the program "A Touch Of Brass" with Alan Moulton. Fred brought to the program his expertise as a musician on brass instruments of 54 years in top A grade Victorian brass bands.
Over the years Fred has competed at all levels of contesting, including solo and party events, and covering duet, quartet, quintet and septet in state and national levels, as well as having participated as a team member of brass bands. In solo competitions Fred was the Victorian baritone champion in 1969,1975, 1976, 1985 and 1993 and Australian champion in 1977. From 1967 until 1977 Fred was member of the Preston Municipal Band and was placed first, second or third in national and state solo competition for every year except 1968.
In 1975 Fred was invited by the late Mervyn Simpson to play first baritone with Footscray Yarraville Brass Band on their successful Canadian tour, where the band were judged first in the international championships at the Toronto National Exhibition Contest with their performance of "Hector Berlioz's Overture" and "Le Corsair", receiving high acclaim from the adjudicators. In 1978 Fred toured with Footscray Yarraville Band to the Phillipines, Switzerland and Canada. An invitation in 1982 to join Hawthorn City Band by the late Squadron Leader Laurie Hicks to tour Japan and England to compete in the British Open Championship lead to Fred's continuing involvement with Hawthorn, where he enjoyed musical satisfaction in a brass band unequalled in Australian contesting success. Hawthorn had 13 national Australian championship first places to their credit between 1975 and 1995 and their current total of 15 national titles includes three hat tricks.
In the 1980s Fred was a member of the Solitaire Tuba Group and played all of the high lead parts in concert performances in Victoria and interstate. The group was conducted at the time by the famous lead trumpet of the Victorian Symphony Orchestra, Mervyn Simpson. Fred competed in New Zealand in 1986 with Hawthorn and in 1994 at North Carolina USA at the North American Brass Band Championship, where Hawthorn were again victorious. At this time Fred retired from active banding but continues to maintain an interest in state and national levels for the interest and information of his 96.5 Inner FM listeners.
Some of Fred's other achievements include being awarded the Merit Badge from the Victorian Band League and also the VBL Honour Badge. Fred was awarded life membership of the Preston Municipal Band in 1952 and Hawthorn City Band in 1996. In 2001 Fred was honoured to be nominated by his peers as a member of the Australian Brass Band of The Twentieth Century.
Fred presents "Listen To The Bands" on Mondays at 3pm.
Fred's aim is to provide programs of quality music for our listening audience.