Who is Dennis Frere-Smith?
Here is a photo of Dennis Frere-Smith, the lucky winner of our "Win 5 Gotta Have' Ukulele Books" competition in November 2018. In corresponding with him, we discovered that he is actually a professional musician and music teacher.
Dennis tells us he started learning ukulele in 2006 so that he could add it to his instrumental repertoire for teaching. The local Music Service was offering ukulele classes to Primary Schools and Dennis wanted to to be able to provide that as part of his teaching role. He was already teaching classical guitar and found the transition to ukulele fairly straightforward.
As well as teaching in Primary Schools, Dennis started a community ukulele band and adult one-to-one lessons. Ukulele has now become one of his favourite instruments to play and he uses it in his entertainment shows.
We often come across special people who are using the ukulele to bring joy to others in care homes, and Dennis tells us that that is his most rewarding use of the wonderful ukulele. He uses a set of ukuleles in his music sessions at care homes in many parts of the United Kingdom, and tells us the ukuleles always bring smiles to the faces of the residents, staff and visitors.
Dennis shares that, like many of us, learning to play the ukulele is one of the best things he has ever done, and he intends to play the happiest of instruments forever!
Thanks for giving us a small insight into your journey and career involving the ukulele Dennis, the world needs more people like you!
Jamie Houston, Owner - Duke Banjo Ukuleles.
You can follow Dennis on his Facebook Page.