Floyd Frame band to play at Westside picnic
Floyd Frame and his 20-member Midland Brass Band will perform at Bancroft Park Sunday, July 19 for the eighth annual Westside Neighbors Picnic.
Slated from 1 to 3 p.m., the free event will also feature a barbecue, children's activities and chances to talk with various public and community officials. Typically, the picnic draws 200 to 300 people.
The sponsors are the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN), the older Westside's advocacy group; and West Center, the local community center.
All Westsiders are invited. There is no charge. Anyone with a picnic coupon from the current issue of the Westside Story (OWN's direct-mailed quarterly newsletter) is guaranteed to eat during the first hour. Brats and hotdogs will be barbecued in the park, and soft drinks and various side dishes will also be offered.
Attendees can bring lawn chairs and blankets and spread them out on the Bancroft lawn, according to Travers Jordan, an OWN board member who is organizing this year's picnic. Any donated side dishes will also be welcome.
Frame said he's happy for the chance to play at Bancroft, where three of his bands (he also heads a concert band and a jazz ensemble) has performed the past 15 summers through a city-sponsored concert series. But the series was cancelled this year because of city budget cuts.
Asked about his song list, he said his group will play “a little bit of everything. Some Sousa stuff, Broadway show stuff, a real variety.”
Frame is a 1954 graduate of Colorado College. According to college alumni information, “he began playing the trumpet professionally at the age of 16 and performed with the Broadmoor Tavern house band for many years. He also taught music in District 2 in Colorado Springs for 41 years.”
Now 80 years old, Frame does not see why that should slow his musical efforts. “I've got to have something to do to keep out of jail,” he quipped.
Also scheduled to perform at the picnic will be a belly-dancing class from West. Special invitees include Westside school principals, elected officials, police officers and firefighters.
For children, there will be a “bounce house” and old-style games organized by West Center staff.
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