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Biography and CV

Throughout his career, Flint has worked with numerous musical programs, ensembles and institutions as a performer and educator. Listed below is his professional biography, followed by a brief CV of his professional journey.

 

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Bio:

Dr. Eric Angeroth Franks, known by most as Flint, is Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Jazz Ensembles/Trumpet at Simpson College in Indianola IA. At Simpson, Flint conducts the Simpson College Jazz Ensemble, teaches undergraduate trumpet lessons, instructs various course offerings in the Department of Music. Additionally, he organizing the annual Simpson College Jazz Festival in the winter and the Simpson College Jazz Combo Camp each summer. Before moving back to Iowa, Flint was the the director of Jazz Ensembles/ High Brass Instructor at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, AR.

Flint is a graduate of Luther College (BA '15), the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (MM '19), and Florida State University (DM '23), majoring in music with a minor in education, a master's in trumpet performance, and a doctorate in brass performance, respectively. Flint served as teaching assistant at both UNCG and FSU, teaching undergraduate trumpet lessons at both institutions. 

 

As a performer, Flint has performed globally with varying ensembles in countries including Brazil, China, Austria and Serbia, in addition to domestic tours. Highlights involve performances at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, the Collegiate Band Directors Association National Conference, and one semi and two quarter final appearances at the National Trumpet Competition in the Graduate Solo Division and with the UNCG trumpet ensemble, respectively. As an orchestral player, Flint has been appointed to sub-lists through auditions with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Sinfonia Gulf Coast Orchestra. In addition, Flint performs in numerous chamber groups ranging in style and size. These groups have included the Agogé Brass Quintet, the Triad Stage's pit orchestra, and the brass ensemble Hot Horns.

Flint has worked with multiple jazz, concert and marching ensembles and organizations across the United States as both a clinician and instructor. Past roles include Director of Bands in the Edgewood-Colesburg CSD, assistant brass caption head at the Colt Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in 2018, and the visual caption head with River City Rhythm Drum and Bugle Corps in 2021. Additionally, Flint has presented and performed at multiple International Trumpet Guild Conference and has contributed articles to the ITG Journal and to other music websites. 

Performance Experience

  • Sinfonia Gulf Coast Orchestra

  • Brass Band of Lousiana

  • Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra

  • Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra

  • National Trumpet Competition 

    • Graduate Solo Division Semi-Finalist '21​

    • Large Ensemble Quarter Finalist '18, '19

  • Dr. Vojislav Vučković Music School, Belgrade, Serbia

    • Guest Artist Recital​

Educational Positions
  • Simpson College

    • Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Jazz Ensembles/ Trumpet​

  • Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, AR

    • Director of Jazz Ensembles and High Brass Instructor

    • Director of Athletic Bands

  • River City Rhythm Drum and Bugle Corps, Anoka, MN

    • Visual Caption Head

  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

    • Trumpet Studio Graduate Assistant​

  • UNC at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC

    • Trumpet Studio Graduate Assistant​

  • Edgewood-Colesburg CSD, Edgewood, IA

    • 5th-12th Grade Band Director​

Additional Professional Work 
  • Commisioned Work: Iowan Vingette by MJ Halco-Haack

  • Contributions to International Trumpet Guild Journal

    • "Getting, Keeping, and Growing from Gigs"- Article​

    • "The Singing Trumpet by Peter Bond"- Review

  • ITG Conference Reporter '22-'24

  • “The Serbian Trumpet Tradition”- ITG Conference Presentation

  • Trumpet Masterclass- Purdue University Fort Wayne

  • Trumpet Masterclass- University of Novi Sad, Serbia

C.V.

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Contact

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