Fred Hastings Junkin was born on July 9, 1927 in Corpus Christi. He attended public schools in Kerrville from grades 1 to 7, and then graduated from Schreiner Institute High School in 1944. He served in the Asiatic theatre with a Navy band in Japan until discharged in 1946. He attended the University of Texas, graduating with honors in 1950.

During his 30 years at Victoria and since his retirement in 1985, Fred has served as an adjudicator throughout the state. He received the Mac Award in 1974. He was selected for membership in the American Bandmasters Association in 1979. In 1984, TBA named Fred as Bandmaster of the Year.

Fred served on the TMEA board from 1960 to 1968, serving as president in 1964 through 1966.