Plano Community Band

Plano, Texas

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, and two concerts at the Plano Senior Center; the bandis best known for its 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 the July 3rd Patriotic Concert. The band rehearses weekly from the week after Labor Day through the end of July. All performances are free.

The band’s community outreach includes a standing Music4Life program, where they partner with the Plano Independent School District for Master Classes with a November featured soloist. Two past featured soloists include Nester Torres (Flute) and Wayne Bergeron (Trumpet), who have been quite well received. Additionally, the band workshops with two Plano Middle School bands, helping them prepare for their Spring UIL performances.

The Plano Community Band is a proud member of the Association of Concert Bands: they have 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. The band has also been twice featured at the Texas Bandmasters Convention Student Leadership Day.

The band is honored to perform 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.