BC Honour Vocal Jazz Ensemble (Directed by Frank DeMiero)
Frank DeMiero - BC Honour Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Composer, singer and jazz pianist Dave Frishberg calls Frank DeMiero "the Vince Lombardi of Vocal Jazz.
Not only is that an accurate description, but it's one that Frank
A respected music educator, guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, composer/arranger and publisher, Frank's career started with his
Thank God it blossomed from there!
As a student Frank was the drummer in the Olympic College Jazz Band and studied voice and conducting with Dr. Ralph Manzo.
earned a BA degree in Music Education from Eastern Washington University
and an MA in Conducting and Voice from Central Washington University
, where he
was a graduate assistant for and studied with Dr. Wayne Hertz.
Following positions at Weatherwax (Aberdeen) and Mountlake Terrace high schools, DeMiero founded the music program at Edmonds Community College where he established and directed the Soundsation jazz choirs and was Music Department Chairman for 11 years.
was Director of Vocal Jazz Studies at the University of Washington
for two years.
In 1998 DeMiero retired as the Supervisor of Music for Edmonds School District, where he had served for 13 years.
conducts and manages the renowned Seattle Jazz Singers.
is also the conductor/artistic director/founder of the 110-voice Sno-King Community Chorale.
DeMiero is also the owner of Sound Music Publications (www.smpjazz.com), a publishing company that offers the best in all areas of vocal jazz literature, recordings, choral clinics/workshops and materials.
The Frank DeMiero Jazz Camps welcomed more than 6,000 students and educator participants as well as many of the world's great jazz artists and mentors during its 25-year journey (1976-2000).
Since 1977, the DeMiero Jazz Fest has become the premier non-competitive jazz choir festival, and also features the world's finest jazz musicians on its evening stage.
March 10-12, 2016 the DeMiero Jazz Festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary.
concert and jazz choirs have received top honors for their performances throughout the United States, Canada, Central America and Europe, performing with many great artists including Joe Williams, Anita Kerrr, Carmen McRea, Mark Murphy, The Hi-Lo's and The Four Freshmen, and toured with Bob Hope.
To acknowledge Frank
's contributions, the city of Edmonds honored him with the Community Service Award in 2007, the Edmonds School District
with the 2009 "Celebrating Edmonds Music" Community Partner Award, and in 2010 KSER-FM, an independent public radio station, granted Frank their "Voice of the Community Award" for outstanding cultural impact.
was inducted into the Washington Music Educators Hall of Fame
, and was honored with the 2013 Washington State American Choral Directors Leadership and Service Award.
DeMiero served on the Advisory Council for the International Association of Jazz Educators and was a long-time voting member of the Grammys.
He currently is a member of WMEA, NAfME, ACDA and JEN.
wife, Yvonne, live in Edmonds, Wash.