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Frank Carlier

Frank took up the guitar at the age of 9 after being inspired by the Beatles.

The following year he also took up the trombone and was active in both band and choir all through middle and high school.

At the age of 13 Frank had to obtain his "Cabaret Card" when he started to play professionally in local bands and summer stock theaters.

Frank also studied at WVU fine arts programs during the summers concentrating in music theory and performing in jazz bands, concert band and brass choir during his summers through high school.

His sophomore year, he started his studies with the jazz great Charlie Burwinkle.

His senior year he won "Outstanding Musician" at the "Reading Jazz Festival" was one of the featured vocal soloists in Handle's Messiah and was music director of the rock opera "Jesus Christ Super Star."

He then went on to study music in college at West Virginia on a full music scholar ship.

After college, feeling a need of a change, Frank served in United States Navy working in the submarine force.

After being honorably discharged, he became very active in the Charleston, South Carolina musical scene.

He performed and toured in both local and regional acts covering many musical styles such as jazz, blues, rock, top 40, country, bluegrass, and even gypsy and traditional Greek music.

As a multi instrumentalist he also served as "musician in residence" at 2 recording studios doing writing, arranging and performing duties. He also worked in TV, movies and commercials.

After forming his acoustic "fusion band" with local mandolin great George Pearce [Steve Earl, Merle Haggard] the "Blue Wave" he performed extensively through the South east opening for major acts such as Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Bruce Hampton, Jimmy Herring, David Van Ronk and Seldom Scene to name a few.

During all this time, Frank always taught in his limited spare time. He always had a love of teaching and maintained a huge teaching schedule despite his active touring and performing. He was associated many years as a guitar teacher at Fox Music, Precession Guitar and Mt Pleasant Music.

He is considered one of South Carolina's finest guitar teachers and has literally taught thousands of students from beginner to amateur to professional. [Edwin McCain, Working Title, David Lee of the Shack Shakers]

Even though Frank's main passion is his teaching, he still performs on a somewhat limited basis with The Frank Carlier Band. He also works on the Handy Manny cartoon [Disney Network] taking on guitar and vihuela duties when needed.

His band features Matt Walker [Nashville Symphony, Chet Atkins, Ray Charles, Lyle Lovette], Carol O'Quinn [Santa Fe Band], Jay Miley [Jay Miley Band and Charleston Recording], and Chuck McCormick [Mutha Fist and Hybrid Mutants].

Frank has performed at Spoleto and was a featured artist with the Charleston Symphony four times.

His recordings [which he calls his hobby] have had World-Wide airplay.

His CDs "Born Again" "Hellbound" and most recently "Americana 101" have all posted highly in the Euro-Americana radio market with Americana 101 reaching as high as number 3.

Carlier's School of Guitar and Music
1340 Ben Sawyer Blvd., Suite A
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

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