January 2, 1931 - March 3, 2012
We have all just lost an artist, friend, great guy and a musical treasure.
Frank Marocco was not only an accordionist but also an arranger and composer and was one of the most recorded accordionists in the world.
He used to say that… “Although I’ve made a comfortable living, my primary goal has never been to make a lot of money. It has been to be the best I could possibly be. This takes integrity, hard work and dedication. You must have respect for what you do.”
Frank Marocco recorded hundreds of movie soundtracks and was also the featured soloist on dozens of scores including Ratatouille, Grumpy old Men, The Matrix Reloaded, Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End, Something’s Gotta Give, Miracle at St. Anna, Wyatt Earp, and Midnight Run. He performed on a USO tour in Japan, appearing on stage with Bob Hope in South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, The Philippines, Guam, and other countries in the Pacific.
Frank also played in the Les Brown & His Band of Renown big band. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Science nominated him as the most valuable player eight years in a row. He recorded film music with a long list of composers - John Williams, Quincy Jones, Elmer Bernstein, Michele Le Grand, Henry Mancini and dozens of others, and also performed with some of the best Jazz Musicians in America and Europe.