Frank Anderson, Bass

"Singing with Reveille fills a place in my soul that hurts when it’s empty."

How did Reveille ever survive without Frank Anderson? Frank has been singing in the bass section for over 5 years but that’s only the tip of the iceberg where Frank is concerned. Not only is he our music librarian, but he is also a member of the Reveille Board of Directors serving as our Treasurer. In addition, he is the Chairman of the Marketing  and Travel committees. You see what we mean? Here’s a chance to get to know Frank better.

When and where were you born?  Butte Montana a very long time ago (1953)

Where did you grow up? My Dad was a mining engineer so I grew up in exciting locations like Nye Montana (60 miles to the nearest paved road, another 25 miles from there to the nearest grocery store) and Gas Hills Wyoming (only 20 miles to a paved road, but another 40 miles to the nearest town).  When I was in 7th grade, we moved to Prescott Arizona – a real CITY! Paved roads, street lights, everything…  Junior High was the first time I was ever in a classroom that did not include at least two other grades.

When did you move to Tucson? When I graduated from High School I came to Tucson to go to U of A.

What do you do for a living?  I started a software company in 1978 (yes there were computers even way back then) and sold it in 2006.  Since then I’ve been doing management and financial consulting for small and mid-sized businesses. 

How long have you been with Reveille?  This is my fifth year, I think.  They all sort of run together.

What motivated you to join?  I love to sing.  I grew up in a conservative Christian church that believed only a cappella singing was acceptable to God.  After figuring out I was gay, my church connection was sort of broken and I really missed music.  It fills a place in my soul that hurts when it’s empty.

What does singing with Reveille mean to you?  See previous answer.

What keeps you coming back?  Once again, see previous answer.

Have things changed much since you joined?  I joined at the beginning of Shawn’s tenure as the Artistic Director.  Things were a bit disjointed when I started.  They’ve gotten a lot better as we have grown and matured as an organization.

As a member of the board of directors you wear many hats. What motivates you to serve?  I like being in the middle of things.  I ALWAYS have an opinion and it’s nice to have a soapbox so I can express them.

What is your fondest Reveille memory so far?   It’s a tie between singing “If you only Knew” at Christmas a year ago, or watching Michael try to sing Cher while Jim dances around him with a scarf flying in the air.

When you were a little boy what did you dream of being when you grew up?  A policeman.  I was one for about 4 years in the early 1980’s in Phoenix.  I loved the job, but couldn’t afford to feed my family without working a second full-time job.  It wasn’t worth the cost to my family so I quit and started my own company.

What do you like to do for fun (besides Reveille)? I like to read science fiction and mystery novels.  I putter in the yard.  I enjoy riding my motorcycle.

What's your favorite place to hang-out here in Tucson? I love to eat (yeah, I know – it shows).  Midway Molina’s probably tops the list.

What's your favorite movie?  When my children were growing up they got addicted to watching the Disney production of Robin Hood.  Probably still my favorite, although I’m a sucker for the original Sound of Music every Christmas.

Besides choral music, what kind of music do you enjoy listening to?  Soft rock, oldies from when I grew up (60’s-80’s)

If you could pick any song for Reveille to sing what would it be? I’d like for us to experiment with some more a cappella stuff, either classical like “Dona Nobis Pacem” or modern like some of the Straight No Chaser music.

What's your biggest regret?  While my kids were growing up, I was way too focused on my work and my business.  I missed a whole lot of family stuff that I now wish I would have been involved with.

What really pisses you off?   Elected officials who feel the need to ram their religious beliefs down my throat.

What's your best asset? Hmmm….I can usually get along with just about anyone and have (finally) learned when to keep my opinion to myself (most of the time)

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be? I’d be thin (or at least not morbidly obese).  Just can’t seem to get control of my eating habits.

If you could go back in time and change one decision you made when you were younger what would that be? When I got out of high school, I considered spending the summer in San Francisco.  Had I done that it certainly would have changed my life.  I would have probably figured out I was gay at 19 instead of 50.  But then I wouldn’t have my kids and grandkids, so, all things considered, I don’t regret how things turned out.

If you could choose one person (any person living or dead) to spend an evening with who would that be? It would be fun to find out what some of our historical figures were really like. Maybe Abraham Lincoln or Ben Franklin?

If you won the lottery tomorrow how would it change about the way you live?  Well, the Power Ball is $4M tonight, so check with me tomorrow. [Editor’s note – He didn’t win it].  I probably wouldn’t change my lifestyle a lot.  I’d pay for all the grandkid’s college.  I’d give some to Reveille.  By the way, if one of your readers happens to have $20,000 or so they would like to contribute, Reveille could do an anti-bullying musical production at every high school in Tucson.  It would be a great way to make an impact on the lives of our city’s teenagers.  

Who do you admire the most?  I’m not sure how to answer this.  I am very proud of my children.  I can’t think of anyone else that I “admire”.

Any parting words you’d care to share?  If you like to sing, be sure to watch for our recruiting activities in August.  Next year is Reveille’s 20th anniversary, and we will have a huge amount of fun “Changing Lives Through Music”.  Join us.