Frank Sharp, Baritone
Frank Sharp has been singing with Reveille since 2006. He is a former member of the Reveille Board of Directors and has travelled with Reveille to Miami, Mexico and Denver.
When and where were you born? I was born in Bisbee, Arizona, a great place to be from and grow up in.
When did you move to Tucson and what brought you here? I came to Tucson after graduating from High School to attend the University of Arizona and eventually received a Bachelors degree in Health Care Administration and Finally a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
What do you do for a living? I am a Real Estate Broker working for Long Realty Company out of the Oro Valley office and have been doing that for about 16 years.
How long have you been with Reveille? About 8 years.
What motivated you to join? I love to sing. It brings joy to my heart and helps relieve stress. I also knew Linus Lerner the previous director and he encouraged me to join. Although come to think of it, singing for Linus had its own stresses.
What does singing with Reveille mean to you? It provides me with a great group of guys to network with, socialize with, travel with and learn to sing great music with.
What keeps you coming back? Performing, Singing great music and the camaraderie.
How have things changed since you joined? We have gone from a group of great singers who stood in tuxes and sang great music to a group of solid professionals who not only sing great music but can perform and entertain a crowd.
If you could pick any song for Reveille to sing what would it be? I leave that up to the Director.
What is your fondest Reveille memory so far? Last semester and playing the role of Henry Bailey. This semester will be even better playing Harold the Historian.
You’ve had speaking parts in two Reveille shows now. Have you always wanted to be an actor? Yes.
Your partner Steve is active in the chorus 5th section, does he enjoy being part of Reveille in that way? Yes he is happy to contribute in whatever way he can. He has a very demanding job which limits what he can do outside of work. So sometimes I have to drag him out of his shell and get him involved otherwise I think he would work all the time.
When you were a little boy what did you dream of being when you grew up? A singer/performer. I would like to have been another Elton John although there can only be one.
What do you like to do for fun (besides Reveille)? Party, go out to eat, go to movies, travel.
What's your favorite place to hang-out here in Tucson? I like several of the newer downtown restaurants. I am not a bar person so don't have one I would like to hang out at.
What's your favorite movie? "Women in Love". It was the first time I actually saw two naked men on screen and they were actually wrestling! I was mesmerized. It was made back in the ‘70s from a D.H. Lawrence novel.
Besides choral music, what kind of music do you enjoy listening to? I enjoy the current popular music by people like John Legend, Pink, Rihanna, Michael Buble and I love to hear Josh Groban sing.
What's your biggest regret? Not spending more time with my kids. I was too busy trying to make a living and get ahead in business and that interfered with family time. And not practicing my piano more as a kid.
What really pisses you off? Lazy people, poor customer service and government bureaucracy.
What's your best asset? I think I'm lucky to have a nice smile.
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be? I can be very impatient some times. I have to check myself to see if I am being overly judgmental about people.
If you could go back in time and change one decision you made when you were younger what would that be? Waiting until I was 50 years old to come out. I missed out on a lot of fun I think.
If you could choose one person (any person living or dead) to spend an evening with who would that be? Peter the Great of Russia.
If you won the lottery tomorrow how would it change about the way you live (besides making a nice donation to Reveille)? One can only dream.
Who do you admire the most? My son. He is my hero. He is in the Air Force and has given up so much due to the demands of his career especially since 9/11. But he and I can talk politics, cars and current events for hours sometimes.
Any parting words you’d care to share? A lot of people don't know that I spent 24 years in the Naval Reserve and retired as a full Commander. I served on active duty during Viet Nam and used the GI bill to get my undergraduate degree. I have tremendous respect for our veterans, the sacrifices they made for our freedoms and the contributions they have made.