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Frank Pagano

Drums / Percussion / Vocals
Degree: BM Manhattan School of Music
Experience : Studio Musician / Live Concerts / Broadway Shows 



When Mobile Music Man sent musicians to demonstrate instruments to his fourth grade class in Glen Rock NJ, Frank was immediately drawn to the drums. To sit behind the kit was like sitting in the cockpit of a jet. How could anyone choose anything else?

Music has always been a big part of Frank’s life. In addition to all the school band and orchestra concerts, there were rock band rehearsals at his house. He learned quickly to bring the rehearsal to the drums not the drums to the rehearsal!
Thankfully Frank’s parents were very supportive, partially because they always knew where he was and what he was doing.
His first band was with Jimmy and Jerry Vivino. (Conan O’brien/Fab Faux) Jimmy on trumpet Jerry on clarinet and Frank on the snare drum.
This was the beginning of long list of bands and great musicians that helped Frank hone his craft.

Frank’s first teacher was Alan Silverman. He prepared Frank for All State Band/Orchestra and his acceptance into the Manhattan School of Music in NYC.

At Manhattan Frank concentrated on orchestral percussion and studied with percussion music legend Paul Price.
Frank has been working as a professional musician in the New York metropolitan area ever since graduating from Manhattan with a Bachelor of Music degree.

After four years of conservatory with the drums taking a back seat Frank was now ready to turn the focus back to his first love, the drum-set. He studied with Justin DiCioccio after college taking two lessons a week to make up for lost time. Frank also studied with Joe Morrello and Bill Tesar one of Joe’s protégés.

The first two national artists Frank was privileged to work with happened simultaneously, Columbia recording artist Phoebe Snow and Concord Jazz recording artists Jackie and Roy.
Since then he’s been touring and recording with some of the biggest names in the music business:
Blondie, Donovan, Donald Fagen, Lesley Gore, Al Green, Levon Helm, Doctor John, Gladys Knight, Al Kooper, Darlene Love, Barry Manilow, Natalie Merchant, Bette Midler, Laura Nyro, Smashing Pumpkins, Eddie Brigati and Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals, Lou Rawls, Paul Shaffer, and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, just to name a few.
To date Frank has played with 23 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.
He’s has also been playing Broadway shows since 1985.
The Grammy award winning Smokey Joe’s Cafe, The Who’s Tommy, Saturday Night Fever, Fosse, Big River, Hairspray, Good Vibrations, The Pirate Queen and the John Waters musical Cry Baby among others.

More recently Frank is thrilled to be recording drums, percussion and vocals with prog-rock pioneers Renaissance for their newest release Grandine Il Vento.

Frank also has two pet projects: The Jon Herington Band featuring Jon Herington on vocals and guitar (Steely Dan/The Dukes of September/Madeleine Peyroux) and Dennis Espantman on Bass and Vocals. This band is reminiscent of the great guitar fueled trio’s of the 60’s, like Cream and Hendrix but with a pop sensibility and three strong vocalists. For more information go to:

Frank also is a proud member of the Harmonious Five featuring Ed Alstrom (Yankee Stadium organist/Blood Sweat and Tears) on Guitar and lead vocals. Dave Keyes (The Dave Keyes Band/Bo Diddley) on Piano and lead vocals, Mark Berger (Peter Allen/Dreamhire) on Bass and lead vocals. This group is the brainchild of the multi-talented Ed Alstrom; it focuses on the missing link between the Doo Wop of the 50’s to the Rhythm and Blues of the 60’s. Obscure covers of artist you never heard of but should have. For more information go to:

Frank lives in Tenafly NJ, (a stones throw from NYC) with his lovely wife Arta and son James. His studio is there where he practices, rehearses and teaches.
Frank would like to thank his family first and foremost for their relentless love and support. Lastly a deep heartfelt thank you to all the great musicians over the years that he has been honored to have worked, played, and learned from.
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