Kent State University
Trumpet player, band director, and educator. Frank Cosenza has been heavily involved in music since the age of eight when he began studying the trumpet. He received a talent scholarship to Bowling Green State University where his performance opportunities took off. From recitals, top 40s bands, orchestras, shows and backing up entertainers, he is at home to any style of music. His teachers included: Joe Hruby, Bernard Adelstein, Edwin Betts, James Stamp and Scott Johnston.
A native of South Euclid, Ohio Frank has performed in many, many varied venues, including Severance Hall and Blossom Music Center (home of the Cleveland Orchestra) to The Cleveland Palace and State Theaters, Nautica Stage and a host of churches. He has taken his talents to Europe performing concerts in many different countries as well as numerous big bands, pit bands, orchestras and concert bands in Northeast Ohio. He has had the opportunity to play under several noted conductors including Leonard B. Smith, Frederick Fennell and Loras Schissel.
Equally at home in education, Frank spent many years as a band director with great success while performing regularly on trumpet. His bands have received many superior awards including performances at State Conventions for the American School Band Directors Association and the Ohio Music Education Association. Additionally, his groups have performed in numerous venues including Canada, Europe and throughout the United States. His musicianship has even extended to the vocal spectrum as he has conducted choirs on several occasions. He has served the Ohio Music Education Association as State Trustee, All-State Coordinator, past District President, member of music selection committees, and adjudicator. He is a former Interim Director of Athletic Bands/Concert Band at Kent State University and previous Associate Conductor of the Medina Community Band.
Mr. Cosenza has prepared students for competitions and college auditions. He has been a frequent clinician in various schools throughout Ohio and Nevada. He has performed as soloist with many bands and at churches. Frank also is an active brass adjudicator and has helped thousands of trumpet players with their performances.