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Remembering The late Frank Rollock - 1939-2020 - A true Steelband Icon

by Robbie Joseph - Pan-Podium
(published with the expressed permission of the author)

UK - He started teaching pan music in 1974 at the Kingsdale Secondary school which is now one of the many South London schools who have benefited from his musical talents. In conjunction with Audrey Dennett, the head of music for ILEA at the time, he was able to form the first ILEA School Steel Orchestra. In the meantime, his seven talented children developed their musical skills on a variety of brass and reed instruments and the family band; The Royaltys enjoyed great success. In 1974, they formed London All Stars and he has directed the band through many successes, including the UK’s first National Steel Band Festival Championship held at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1985.


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Rip Bro

I so miss Frank. May he forever rest in peace x


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