Dave Frackenpohl is an active jazz guitarist and composer/arranger in the Atlanta area. Collaborating with such jazz artists as Hank Crawford, Bobby Watson, Buddy DeFranco, Jeff Clayton, and Wycliff Gordon, he has performed at Spivey Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, Fox Theatre, and the Rialto Center for the Arts. Recent jazz festival performances include the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and the Atlanta Jazz Festival. A versatile player, he has appeared with big bands such as Moments Notice and Les Elgars, played with touring Broadway shows High School Musical I & II, Chicago and 42nd Street, as well as performed with the Atlanta Symphony, Atlanta Opera, Atlanta Chamber Players, Florida Orchestra, and Alabama Symphony.
Composer/arranger credits include his 2012 CD/Digital release of Refractions, several Mel Bay publications including A Practical Guide to Jazz Band Guitar and Jazz Standards for Guitar I & II, as well as recorded tracks for Atlanta artists Sam Skelton, Ike Stubblefield, and E.J. Hughes.
A graduate of the University of North Texas with degrees in Jazz Studies and Theory, Frackenpohl has worked with jazz great Gene Bertoncini and jazz guitar pedagogue Jack Peterson. He has held faculty positions at Ithaca College and Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York, the State University of NY at Potsdam Crane Youth Music, as well as the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan.
Frackenpohl has been an Instructor of Jazz Studies at Georgia State University for over a decade, teaching Jazz Guitar, Jazz History and Arranging, as well as coaching Jazz Combos and directing the Jazz Guitar Ensembles. Several of his jazz guitar graduates are performing professionally and holding collegiate faculty positions.