Frank is no stranger to the tri-state music scene having played from Boston to Greenville, SC for the past several Decades. In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s Frank performed for several cover bands in the tri-state area while completing college obligations. Things were slower in the 90’s but Frank had his hands in different theater groups playing for a variety of local musicals in Connecticut and New York including You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown; Godspell; South Pacific; Musicman; and Bye, Bye Birdie to mention a few.
The new millennium brought forward new experiences and recordings. Two full length CD’s for local projects, Paradise Ride, followed by the Alec Ginsberg Project helped refine and polish a demanding style of play that focuses more on groove and dynamics rather than power and rolls.
Present day has Frank occasionally playing with local talent Murphy’s Law, and of course, Decades.
In at a school dance a unique and enchanting sound was heard by all – it was the first time I had heard The Beatles playing “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.” I was so taken by their music that I determined at that moment, to change my musical career from the Dixieland Jazz genre (I played the trumpet) to rock and roll. I wanted to make music just like what I was hearing from The Beatles. And so it all began, many, many years ago.
With the purchase of a guitar and amplifier and months of practice (I was completely self-taught) I got together with some friends and formed my first rock group, The Four Lads. Soon it was apparent that one of us guitarists needed to switch to the bass, and I happily agreed to make the change, and have never regretted it. Throughout my high school and college years, and many iterations of musicians and bands – The Rogues, The Rhythm Method, TAC (don’t ask), and the list goes on – I played music most weekends at fraternity and private parties, school functions and even, occasionally, at local clubs and bars.
In the early days I sang lead most of the time but as the bands got better and the musicians more talented, I got to share that job with other fine vocalists. I found I liked being able to focus on doing more with the bass and thoroughly enjoyed singing back-up vocals when called on. Early musical influences included The Beatles, The Byrds, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Cream, The Young Rascals, The Eagles and many other groups popular back in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s. Today I am thrilled to be covering some of these same artists with The Unusual Suspects. My tastes are eclectic and I even played one summer with a primarily Motown group out of Yale University known as The Plastic Visitation (how ‘60’s is that name?). The experience helped broaden my musical tastes to include the Temptations, Four Tops, and many other Motown/R&B groups.
After a brush with potential huge success — a near miss Columbia Records recording deal — Granfalloon decided to disband, tired of scraping by on the meager earnings of the club and college circuit. I returned to the business world and hung up my bass until when I reconnected with an old friend from Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, New York, and he presented me with the opportunity to join his group. Following this reconnection with the rock and roll world, I joined or started several other bands – Intraction, The Unusual Suspects, Ruby and the Wolves, and finally, Decades.
It has truly been a joy getting back into the rock and roll business and I am very pleased to be associated with these fine musicians. It is a joy to play with people who are not only extremely talented but are a pleasure to be around. We are all really good friends as well as bandmates.
Bob comes from a long line of family of musicians; he first picked up a guitar in ; while he was in seventh grade and immediately developed a passion for the instrument. Not a day goes by without strumming, 35 years later!
He is very fond of Aria Pro II guitars, and was heavily influenced by Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, Bad Company, Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, and Peter Frampton. Equipment he prefers are Marshall Amplification, Aria Pro II, Gibson, Ovation, Taylor and Fender, and loves to match the respective guitar to the original artist(s).