Born and raised in San Francisco, CA., Frank started on the clarinet at the age of ten years
old. Soon afterward he began studies on bassoon, saxophone and flute. By the age of
fourteen he began studying composition, writing jazz and classical pieces for his high
school band and orchestra and for jazz ensembles that rehearsed at the local union hall,
including trumpeter Mike Vax's Big Band.
In 1975-76 Frank wrote jazz/classical hybrid works that were performed by the San
Francisco Symphony and local professional jazz musicians at the Summer Music Workshop
Programs, and he composed and conducted an orchestral overture for his high school