Frank Macchia

Born and raised in San Francisco, CA., Frank started on the clarinet at the age of ten years old. Soon afterward he began studies on bassoon, saxophone and flute. By the age of fourteen he began studying composition, writing jazz and classical pieces for his high school band and orchestra and for jazz ensembles that rehearsed at the local union hall, including trumpeter Mike Vax's Big Band.  In 1975-76 Frank wrote jazz/classical hybrid works that were performed by the San Francisco Symphony and local professional jazz musicians, and he composed and conducted an orchestral overture for his high school graduation ceremony. During this time period he also performed and arranged music for contemporary dance bands in the Bay Area. 

In 1976 Frank attended Berklee College of Music, studying woodwinds with Joseph Viola, Joe Allard, Steve Grossman and composition/arranging with Herb Pomeroy, Phil Wilson, Greg Hopkins, Tony Texiera, and Ken Pullig. From 1976-80 he performed and composed for the top student ensembles as well as performing with his own ensembles. He received a National Endowment Grant for the Arts to compose a 90 minute continuous jazz/classical suite for large ensemble. He also won Down Beat magazine's DB award for original big band composition in 1979.  After graduating with a degree in traditional composition, Frank taught at Berklee at the tender age of 20, as well as performed throughout the New England area with his 8-piece fusion group, 'Booga-Booga'.

In 1981 Frank moved back to the San Francisco area where he continued working as a musician and composer/arranger over the next ten years, performing concerts with such artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Rita Moreno, Tony Bennett, Jack Jones, Clare Fischer, Chuck Mangione, and the Temptations, to name a few. He performed with local groups such as The Bay Area Jazz Composers Orchestra, Mike Vax's Great American Jazz Band, Royal Street, the Dick Bright Orchestra and the Melotones. He also led his own original groups, including The Gleets, Desperate Character and The Frankie Maximum Band. In 1989 he recorded Introducing Frankie Maximum, an eclectic CD that showcased original material in a variety of styles, from new wave to polka. He followed that with the CD Frankie Maximum Goes Way-er Out West, a wild romp through traditional cowboy folksongs, done with new treatments. This 1991 album received much critical praise including being named one of the top ten albums of the year by the Oakland Tribune

In 1991 Frank toured Germany performing in West Side Story and 42nd Street, and when that tour ended, he found himself in Los Angeles, where he has remained ever since. Since 1992 he has worked as a composer/orchestrator on many films and television projects, including Superman Returns, Pirates of the Carribean 3, The Fantastic Four 2: Rise of the Silver Surfer, The Guardian, Miracle, X2-Xmen United, Men of Honor, Hide and Seek, Austin Powers:Goldmember, The Contender, The Apt Pupil, Santa Clause 2, and television shows Night Visions, Nickelodeon's Oh Yeah Cartoons, Disney's Oliver Twist, and the Tonight Show. From 1997-2001 he created Little Evil Things, a series of critically acclaimed audio horror stories with music.  In 2004 he attended the Sundance Composers Lab.  In 2003 he completed his CD The Galapagos Suite, based on the animals of the Galapagos Islands, where he and his wife Tracy visited. His CD, Animals was released in Fall 2004, featuring Frank on multi-woodwinds and a roster of some of Los Angeles best musicians. The follow-up CD, Mo' Animals featured Billy Childs, Vinnie Colauita, Howard Levy and many others. In 2006 he completed Emotions featuring the Prague Orchestra  and showcasing Frank‚Äôs tenor saxophone skills. 2007 has Frank finishing up work on Landscapes, for orchestra and saxophone He currently lives in Burbank, CA with his wife and son Charlie.



National Endowment Grant for Jazz Arts
Sundance Labs Composer Fellow
Blue Chip Award

Desperate Housewives
Commander-in Chief
Tonight Show - Los Lonely Boys
Tonight Show - Michael Bolton
Night Visions

Storm of the Century (mini-series)
Nickelodeon: Oh Yeah Cartoons
A Bright Shining Lie
Murder She Wrote
Disney's Oliver Twist


Superman Returns
The Bee Movie
Pirates of the Carribean 3
Wild Hogs
The Fantastic Four
The Fantastic Four 2: Rise of the Silver Surfer
The Guardian
National Treasure: Book of Secrets
The Invasion
The Simpson Movie
Man About Town

Ice Princess
The Shaggy Dog
Eight Below
The Santa Clause 2
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
The Contender
The Game Plan
Kicking & Screaming
X2: Xmen United
Men of Honor

Hide and Seek
Austin Powers: Goldmember
The Contender
The Apt Pupil
Santa Clause 2
Hide and Seek
Ladder 49
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Glory Road
Chicken Little
Kingdom Come
Get Carter
Urban Legends: The Final Cut


Los Lonely Boys
Billy Childs
Bonnie Raitt
Brian Wilson
Chuck Mangione
Clare Fischer
Danny Ganz
Dionne Warwick
Ella Fitzgerald
Eric Marienthal
Fred Travolina
George Russell
Grant Geissman

Hal Linden
Helen Reddy
Jack Jones
Jay Leno
Jerry Lee Lewis
Jimmy Giuffre
Johnny Mathis
Les Brown Big Band
Les Elgart Big Band
Marilu Henner
Mary Travers
Michael Bolton

Rita Moreno
Sarah Vaughn
Slam Stewart
Suzanne Somers
The Coasters
The Four Tops
The Temptations
The Tonight Show Band
Tony Bennett
Van Dyke Parks
Vic Damone
Vinnie Colauita

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