On Sunday, September 26th, from 5:30-6:30pm The Frank DeMeiro Jazz Band will be playing at Sorelli Pizza in release of their new album.
If you are a regular MLTnews you may recognize the name as Frank’s son, Vince, is a teacher at MTHS and ran for Legislative Rep. in District 1.
Here’s a little more information about Frank DeMiero from friendsoffrankjazzfest.org:
Ask his peers, and they’ll tell you that Frank is the reason vocal jazz is alive today in America’s schools. Ask the performers that he’s worked with — Bob Hope, Bill Cosby, Bobby McFerrin, Carmen McRae, Dianne Reeves, Joe Williams, Take 6, the Hi-Los, the New York Voices, the Four Freshmen, and Mark Murphy, just to name a few — and they’ll tell you that his choirs are some of the finest in the world. Ask his former students, and they’ll attribute their personal and professional successes to his tutelage. Ask his current students, and they’ll tell you that there is something magical about how he creates a sense of family in his ensembles. Ask his kids and grandchildren, and they’ll tell you that there’s no one more loving or caring in their lives.
Frank began developing his teaching philosophy when, in 1967, while teaching at Mountlake Terrace High School (in Mountlake Terrace, Wash.), he transformed his show choir into one of the world’s first high school jazz choirs.
He went on to found the music department and the Soundsation Jazz Choir at Edmonds Community College, which quickly became internationally known for its unparalleled musical excellence.
And when he founded the Frank DeMiero Jazz Camp in 1976, there’s no way Frank would have known that he would touch the lives of more than 6,000 student and educator participants. For 25 years, the camp attracted a who’s who among its faculty and artists in residence.
In 1985, Edmonds School District #15 hired him to be its Supervisor of Music. During his 13 years in that position, Frank took a program that had just a few hundred students participating in music, and transformed it into a world-class department, where more than 10,000 students, in grades kindergarten through 12, participated in instrumental and vocal music programs.
Frank also served as the Director of Vocal Jazz Studies at the University of Washington for two years, was on the Advisory Council for the International Association of Jazz Educators, served as President of the Puget Sound Music Administrators Association, the Sno-King Music Educators, the Washington Chapter of the International Association of Jazz Educators and was the Northwest Coordinator for IAJE. He is a voting member of the Grammys.
Frank is the co-founder of Sound Music Publications, a publishing company that offers the best in all areas of contemporary choral literature, recordings, and choral clinics.
Frank and his wife, Yvonne, live in Edmonds, Washington, where Frank received the Community Service Award in 2007. They are active in community arts support groups and their church. They have three children and four grandchildren.