Frank Perry developed a love for music at an early age but didn’t start playing the drums until he was 17 years old. After learning on his own for a while, he sought instruction from some of the top drummers on Long Island starting with Charlie Perry (Stan Getz) who taught him all about jazz. Frank then went on to study with Mike Sorrentino (Big Shot), Michael Lauren (Drummers Collective) and Jon Miceli (Meatloaf). During this time he was also playing in local cover bands and recording original music including Current by Down River, Blind by Fire Made Flesh and Parliament Hill by Verbal Kint.
After moving to Florida in 2000, Frank enrolled in the music education program at Broward Community College and studied percussion under Seth Wexler (Florida Philharmonic) which inspired his love of classical percussion. While enrolled at Broward Community College, he performed with the percussion ensemble, jazz band and with local blues and alternative rock bands.
In 2004 Frank started his Bachelor’s Degree in music education at Five Towns College and also began studying with Dom Famularo (Drumming’s Global Ambassador). During his time at Five Towns College he played with the concert band, jazz band, choir, barbershop quartet and the pit orchestra and was the principal timpanist for a performance at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. Frank graduated with honors in 2008 and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree at Stony Brook University.
With the mentoring of Dom Famularo, Frank is developing a new concept in modern drum set playing he calls “ambi-symmetrical” which gives the player total freedom from traditional drum set constraints. He continues to study with Dom and has taken lessons with Marco Minnemann (The Aristocrats) and Claus Hessler (Mike Stern). Frank is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, Vic Firth’s Education Team and Hudson Music’s Teacher Integration Program.