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In the years
following the war, a spirited group of animators got together at noon
to play a little jazz in order to rest their eyes and loosen up their
fingers after a morning of drawing. In 1950 this group became
the "The Firehouse Five Plus Two". For the next twenty five
years they made appearances on radio and television., as well as
cutting dozens of albums which are still selling today.
Frank was the
piano player in the group!
The group, the “Firehouse Five plus
Two” was one of Frank’s
passions and interests. Shown here is an excerpt from a “Walt
Disney’s Disneyland” , broadcast in the 1950’s. Click on the
image to view the clip.
Bergen, Kathryn Beaumont,(voice of “Alice” & Wendy Darling) and
Walt, conjuring Snow White’s Magic Mirror (Hans Conried), showing the
hard working animators who were members of the Fire House Five plus
two, playing a rousing version of “Jingle Bells”.
To the right is a Disney Channel
Biography of Frank’s Career,
originally broadcast as “The Disney Family Album”. It shows
of some of Frank’s monumental contribution to the Disney’s classic
animation, and the charters he created.
Frank was great
“observer” of human nature, and a competent musician besides, and these
talents seemed to always find their way into Frank’s work.