The Plano Community Band was founded in 1979 and is a volunteer organization made up of approximately 75 musicians from all walks of life who share a passion for music. The band performs two Formal Spring concerts and one Fall concert each year at the beautiful Eisemann Center in Richardson, TX; two concerts at the Plano Senior Center; and is best known for our Summer concerts at Haggard Park, in Old Downtown Plano, TX.
The Summer Series begins the first Monday in June, and performances at the park continue every other Monday evening for a total of five concerts. The band has themes for each evening including Kids’ Night Out, Big Band Bash and our July 3rd Patriotic Concert. We rehearse weekly from the week after Labor Day through the end of July. All our performances are free.
Our Community Outreach includes a standing Music4Life program, where we partner with the Plano Independent School District for Master Classes with our November featured soloist. Two of our past featured soloists include Nester Torres (Flute) and Wayne Bergeron (Trumpet), who have been quite well received. Additionally, we workshop with two Plano Middle School Bands as we help them prepare for their Spring UIL performances.
The Plano Community Band is a proud member of the Association of Concert Bands, and we performed at the ACB National Conventions in Hot Springs, AR (2004) and Pensacola, Fl. (2007) as well as hosting he convention in 1992 and 2010. We have also been twice featured at the Texas Bandmasters Convention Student Leadership Day.
We are honored to perform for you in Santa Fe for the 2022 ACB convention.
Joe Frank Jr., Director
Joe Frank Jr. is a retired music educator and band director with over 35 years of experience working with student and adult musicians in Texas and Georgia. He was born in Harlingen in the Rio Grande Valley and spent most of his adult years in Richardson and Sherman Texas. Joe taught for 17 years in the Richardson ISD, where mentors, such as Joe Frank, Sr., Richard Floyd, Tommy Guilbert, Robert Floyd and Howard Dunn, helped form his concepts of teaching students, and interpreting, rehearsing and performing wind band literature. In 1990, Joe became Director of Bands for the Sherman ISD and helped lead the Sherman Bands to 14 years of successful performances, competitions and statewide recognition. While living in Athens, Georgia, Joe became director of the Classic City Band and developed a love for working and making music with adults. Joe is a third-generation band director. His father, Joe Frank, Sr., was a well-known Texas band and orchestra director, and charter member of the Phi Beta Mu Band Director Hall of Fame.
Joe currently lives in Denison, Texas, with his wife Becky. He is a frequent clinician, consultant, and adjudicator for middle school and high school bands. His daughter, Jessica, currently plays clarinet in the Plano Community Band and his son, Jeff, is a pediatric neurologist in Oregon. Joe enjoys sailing, golf, snow-skiing, and traveling with Becky.