KMOD 1955 Interview
Edwin Franko Goldman & Frank Mancini
Aired on KMOD, Modesto, CA on Feb 3, 1955 on the "Lady Take A Break" program heard at 11 AM.  This interview was originally transcribed on electrical transcription (ET's),   the state of the art in the 40's and 50's.  We have edited the original recording only to the extent to removed many annoying imperfections including clicks, pops, audio drops etc. There is no appreciable change in the content.   Our thanks to Steven Pecsek of Modesto for obtaining a copy of the recording for us which is a part of the Lynn Sams Collections in Performing Arts at the University of Maryland.   We especially want to thank Kevin Pace, Assistant Project Manager and Michelle Smith, Performing Arts Library/SCPA, University of Maryland for their assistance and the Modesto McHenry Museum.    

Appearing on this Thursday morning broadcast hosted by Marion Rohn (sp?) was Modesto Band conductor Professor Frank Mancini and guest conductor Dr. Edwin Franko Goldman of New York.  The uniform fund benefit concert mentioned was held at Modesto High School Auditorium that evening (Feb 3, 1955).  Mr Goldman died a year later on February 26, 1956.  

This, so far, is the only recording we have come up with  aired on KMOD, Modesto five years after they signed on the air in 1950.         

3Edwin Franko Goldman, a founder of the American Bandmasters Association,  was born in Louisville, Kentucky on 1 January 1878. He enrolled at the National Conservatory at the age of eight where he studied cornet and was a composition student of Antonin Dvorak. From 1899 to 1909 Goldman was solo cornetist with the Metropolitan Opera orchestra.

In 1911 he formed his own band which continued to perform under the baton of his son, Richard Franko Goldman until 1979. Goldman championed the performance of neglected band music and gave the American premieres of a number of important works, including Berlioz's Symphonie funebre et triomphale. 

He composed over one-hundred marches including "On the Mall." He wrote several books, including The Goldman Band System (1935), and an unpublished autobiography, Facing the Music, the manuscript of which is in the Library of Congress. Goldman died on 21 February 1956 in New York.

(Courtesy of the University of Maryland)

Frank Mancini (1886 -1964) studied the clarinet while growing up in 1886 in Serramonacesca, Italy  . He came to the United States in 1907 to play as a soloist with Ellery’s Royal Italian Band. Between 1908 and 1915, he played with both Sousa’s and Conway’s bands, as well as numerous opera companies.

Mancini settled in Modesto, California, in 1921 to lead the Stanislaus County Boys Band. He became an important educator and conductor in the area for the next four decades, directing the band programs in the Modesto Public Schools and Modesto Junior College. His bands won many awards, and Mancini was very active as a guest conductor and adjudicator.

Mancini taught noted band composer Roger Nixon at Modesto Junior College from 1938-1940. Mancini was elected into the American Bandmasters Association in 1940 at the convention in Hagerstown, Maryland.

Mancini had a close relationship with the community of Modesto. In their wills, Mancini and his wife left cash, stocks, and other investments for a considerable music scholarship fund for music students at Modesto High School. They also left their 23-acre ranch to the City of Modesto, later dedicated Mancini Park.   Mr. Mancini died in Modesto, California in 1964.

< Professor Frank Mancini >
(Photos courtesy of the McHenry Museum)

More information on Frank Mancini written  Bradley Mariska (PDF File) 

Thanks Steve Pecsek, Modesto, CA  for his help in obtaining the materials for this page.

Life chronology

1886 – Born in Serramonacesca, Italy
1898-1906– Music studies in Italy
1907 – Comes to U.S., plays with Eller's Band until 1909
1908-1915– Plays with Webe's Prize Band of Cincinnati, Thavui Exposition Band of Chicago, Boston Band, and bands of Sousa, and Conway.
1911-1915– Lombardi Grand Opera, Chicago Grand Opera, Philadelphia Grand Opera, Paris Grand Opera.
1915 – Comes to San Francisco with Sousa for Panama-Pacific Exposition
1915-1921 – Plays with many ensembles in and around San Francisco
1921 – Settles in Modesto, begins direction of Stanislaus County Boys Band
1922 – Appointed Director of Instrumental Music at Modesto High School; first state championship won the following year
1927 – Appointed Director of Modesto Junior College Band and Orchestra
1930 – Named Director of Modesto Symphony Orchestra
1940 – Elected into membership of the American Bandmasters Association
1964 – Died in Modesto, California