Frank Goessler - trumpet/arranger
Frank started playing the trumpet, while in 5th grade at Woodward Elementary School in St. Louis. He took private lessons with Rolfe Hollowell. Rolfe, a master technican and regular with all the Shriners bands made it painfully obvious he had no use for the pop music of the day or much of the big band music popular at the time. It was during this time that Frank met Steve Radick and through that meeting became a member of The Monarks, an R&B/Soul Band. Basically, a bunch of kids playing soul music at local "teen towns" and high school dances. After graduating in 1969, Frank attended Cleveland High School in south St. Louis where he was a member of all the playing ensembles during his four years there and performed under the batons of Larry Mantese and Ed Levinsky. It was at Cleveland that playing the trumpet and music in general became a big influence on his life. Factor in the mentoring by Ed Levinsky, also a trumpet player who played in several big bands and who had a record collection that was the envy of all of his students, the decision to go into music was sealed. While in high school Blood, Sweat & Tears released their second album. Along with changing their musical format , The Monarks got rid of their R&B/Soul outfits and switch to blue jeans and long hair.
In 1971, The Monarks got connected with Contemporary Productions and became Progress. For the three years between 1971 and 1974, Progress was lucky enough to have the opportunity to work an extreme amount of jobs and got to be the first pop band to play the main ballroom on The Admiral excursion boat. We had the job one summer before we were replaced, but Steve and I like to think we were the band that paved the way for The Admiral to become the extremely popular night spot in St. Louis during the summer.
After graduating from Cleveland in 1973, Frank enrolled at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Frank attended UMSL for 2 years from 1973 until 1975. While there Frank played in the concert band under Warren Bellis and the jazz band under Stan DeRusha and Marty Bienke for one year each. During his time at UMSL Frank got to do clinics and concerts with Gary Burton and Rich Mattson and went with the jazz band to a big band festival in Kansas City. Frank studied trumpet with Malcome McDuffie and Bob Ceccarini.
In 1975, Frank moved to Boston, Massachusetts to attend Berklee College of Music. While there, Frank studied trumpet with Wes Hensel, Greg Hopkins and Gary Guzio. At Berklee Frank got the opportunity to play in ensembles lead by Herb Pomeroy and John LaPorta. While in Boston, Frank helped found the Hejira Brass Quartet which played several private functions in and around the Boston area. Frank was also a founding member of a pop/show band, The Hit Machine that played club dates and private functions in Boston and the New England area.
Prior to moving back, Frank played several jobs with the Kuban band and filled in on The Admiral whenever subs were needed. By this time Frank had started doing arrangements for the band and was sending them back from Boston. When he moved back in 1978, he was offered a trumpet position with the Bob Kuban Brass and became the full time arranger. Frank is extemely grateful to Bob for allowing him to develop as an arranger and trumpet player. While with the Kuban band, Frank has had the opportunity to back up many performers including Danny Ganz, John Byner, Gloria de Haven, Norm Crosby, Suzanne Sommers, Della Reese among others.
Since returning to St. Louis, Frank has been a member of the St. Louis Jazz Orchestra while it was based at Webster University, the current St. Louis Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Jim Widner based at UMSL, Keith Ellis' Sessions Big Band and the Dave Dickey Big Band. When the SLJO was based at Webster, they had the opportunity to back up Rob McConnell, Toshiko Akioshi/Lew Tabacken, Clark Terry, Nick Brignola, Bobby Shew and Jon Faddis among others. The Sessions Jazz Orchestra did a concert and clinic with Louis Bellson.
Frank has been able to do quite a lot of free-lance work in St. Louis including perfomances with Bernadette Peters, The Manhattan Transfer, Bob Newhart and Sherry Lewis to name a few. When available, he has subbed with numerous other bands as well as playing weddings and funerals. Frank is proficient on the trumpet, flugel horn, piccolo trumpet and plays mellophone and baritone horn occasionally.
In 1996 Frank got opportunity and took on another challenge: Teaching instrumental music at the elementary school level. Frank is very grateful and thankful to Mr. Bob Scheinat for giving him the chance. Frank has taught at Christ Prince of Peace, Holy Infant School and currently at Academy of Sacred Heart and St. Monica School.