Biographical / Historical
Frank Simon, cornet soloist, conductor, and composer was born 26 November 1889 in Cincinnati, Ohio and died there on 28 January 1967. As a young man, he studied cornet with William Kopp (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra) and Herman Bellstedt (cornet soloist and composer) and performed with Weber’s Prize Band of America and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski. In 1914 Simon joined John Philip Sousa’s band serving as cornet soloist and assistant conductor until 1921. Simon organized the ARMCO concert band under the sponsorship of the American Rolling Mill Company of Middletown, Ohio in 1921. He performed as conductor and soloist of the Armco Band, leading them in concert performances and radio broadcasts until the band’s demise in 1940. In 1930 Simon joined the faculty of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, where he founded the Department of Instrumental Music. He remained there for twenty years. From 1956 to 1966 Simon was part-time faculty member at the University of Arizona in Tucson. In his later years, he continued to give lecturers, clinics, and work with school musicians through his association with the American School Band Directors Association. The Association sponsored Sounds of John Philip Sousa, two recordings of Sousa marches with historical notes and performance instructions by Simon on the proper interpretation of Sousa’s music. He was a charter member of the American Bandmasters Association and served as president of that organization from 1935 to 1936. He was selected as the fourth Honorary Life President of that organization in 1957.
Freedland, Michael. Music Man: The Story of Frank Simon Ilford, Essex, England: Valentine Mitchell, 1994
Harpham, Dale. "The Frank Simon Memorabilia." The School Musician Director and Teacher 43/3 (November 1971) 52-53
"Salute to the Armco Band." Documentary video. Sam Ashworth, producer. Middletown, OH: Globe Productions, [VHS video cassette, 1993]
"Sounds of John Philip Sousa: Authentic Rehearsal Techniques for the Preparation and Interpretation of Recorded Marches." [Ostego, Michigan]: American School Band Directors Association, Volume I, 1966 and Volume II, 1969
"Sounds of John Philip Sousa." Partial transcript of the interview with Frank Simon by Mac Carr and Seymour Okun. 
Ullery, Victoria L. "Frank Simon: History and Influence." Departmental Honors paper, [Cincinnati, OH: University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music]: 1984. Revised and published in: Journal of Band Research 23/2 (Spring 1988) 40-78. Follow up comments in 26/2 (Fall 1990) 86 and 24/2 (Spring 1989) 73