JOE FRANK, SR.
Joseph Frank, son of Frank Frank, a career bandmaster in the United States Army, was born November 11, 1924 in Burlington, Vermont. He started his teaching career as a junior high school band director in Harlingen, Texas in the fall of 1949. He has served music education in Texas and the southwest for over forty-one years as a teacher, conductor, and music administrator.
Joe's instrumental teaching experience encompasses instruction on all instruments with students starting from elementary through university levels. His high school bands at Harlingen and later at Richardson, Texas never received less than a First Division rating in UIL concert performance.
While at Harlingen, his band received "the Outstanding Band Award" on three occasions at the Buccaneer Days Music Festival in Corpus Christi. The Richardson High School Band gained a national reputation for excellence under the direction of Mr. Frank. They were selected by tape auditions to perform at the prestigious Mid-West National Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.
As a music administrator for the Richardson ISD, Joe developed an organizational format, including teaching methods, which enabled the many fine directors associated with that school system to build their organizations to superb levels of performance. While serving the Texas Music Educators Association as State Band Chairman, Mr. Frank inaugurated both the state honor band program (which remains essentially in its original format to this date), and the area tryout system for all-state band students.
Since retiring from the public schools, Joe has enjoyed a busy schedule as consultant, clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor.