Director of Music – Frank Simon
Frank Simon was born and grew up in Dallas, Texas. He married Trudy Morgan in 1980. They have two children, Meg and Andy, and one grandson, Bradley. Frank worked for The University of Texas at Austin for 40 years as a sound and recording engineer. He now coaches Little League baseball.
Frank studied percussion performance and conducting at The University of Texas at Austin. He was a percussionist in the UT Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, the Wind and Percussion Ensembles, as well as chamber ensembles. He studied conducting with Clyde Roller, Cornelius Eberhardt, Bill Reber, Kelly Hale, and Walter Ducloux. Frank has conducted the UT Symphony Orchestra, Longhorn Summer Band, and chamber ensembles. He has also conducted multiple performances in UT Opera Theater as a rehearsal and off-stage conductor. He was cover conductor for the production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, and conducted musical theater in the UT Theater and Dance Department.
He was also the first conductor of the Austin Symphonic Band, and conducted the band for three years.
Frank joined the Texas Army National Guard in 1973, and served for 24 years in the 236th Army Band and the 49th Armored Division (AD) Band. He was selected to be Commander and Bandmaster of the 49th AD Band in 1984. The band toured overseas in Italy and South Australia while he was commander. He guest conducted the 5th US Army Band at Ft. Sam Houston, TX, and the Army Ground Forces Band at Fort McClellan, GA.
Frank retired in 1996 as Chief Warrant Oﬃcer. His military awards include the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Oakleaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Texas Faithful Service Medal with four Bronze Cactus Flowers.