Frank Vardaros - Director / Brass instructor / Music theory / Jazz Studies
Frank has been a performer and music educator for over thirty years. As an educator Frank has taught master classes and clinics at numerous high schools and colleges throughout the country and has been teaching privately since the age of 18 years old. Frank was the recipient of the Boston Arts Fellowship presented to him by the mayor of Boston MA. Frank has a passion for teaching; many of his students have gone on to become professional musicians. Frank is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA. Frank has performed with such jazz greats as Maynard Ferguson, Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, Jon Faddis, the late Nick Brignola to mention a few. He has performed at such prestigious venues as the Boston Globe Jazz Festival, the Saratoga Springs Jazz Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival and Carnegie Hall. His musical compositions and arrangements have been performed by the San Francisco Symphony, and Boston Metropolitan Orchestra, and many others.
He has 7 CDs as a leader and has appeared on numerous CDs as a sideman. He leads his 16 piece big band, the Frank Vardaros Jazz Orchestra that can be seen in the Los Angeles area at venues including Catalina Jazz Club, Typhoon’s and LACMA(LA County Museum of Art). He founded Allegra Music Academy in 2015 in order give back to the community and provide fun and effective music education for all ages and levels.