Local jazz instructor elected to Drum Corps International Hall of Fame
Never let it be said that we don't have Hall-of-Fame-worthy musicians living in our midst.
Frank Williams, the lead jazz instructor and coordinator of Jazz Studies at Ruth Eckerd Hall's Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute, has been elected to the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame. He'll be inducted on Aug. 5, joining other past luminaries of the marching band and drum corps world. Fewer than 100 people have been enshrined since 1985.
Williams, who has been teaching students and ensembles through the Hoffman Institute for five years, is a Florida A&M graduate who has taught music to junior high, high school and college students for more than three decades, including award-winning ensembles at Boca Ciega High School. He has also been an arranger and performer, as well as a consultant for the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps and Jacksonville's Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps.
If you think this isn't a nice thing for the local music scene, imagine how many local students have studied music under Williams. They're no doubt saluting him now.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*.