October 10, 1929 - June 05, 2018
Stockton, NJ: William V. Frabizio, D.Mus.Arts, 88, died June 5, 2018 at his home.
Dr. William V. Frabizio had established himself as an outstanding figure in the
field of contemporary music. He was a composer, arranger, conductor, virtuoso
trumpeter and big band leader, author, and artist teacher whose works and writings
encompass a wide variety of compositions in virtually all fields of music, many of
which are commissioned works. His many achievements included network
television recordings and personal appearances with many of the nation’s
Over the years he had written for, conducted for, played for, toured with, and
recorded with such personalities as Frank Sinatra, Della Reese, Diana Ross, Peggy
Lee, Judy Garland, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Sammy Davis Jr., Ray Charles,
Johnny Desmond, Bob Eberly, Eddie Arnold, Bobby Vinton, Jackie Gleason,
Arthur Godfrey, Don Rickles, Rodney Dangerfield, and many others. In addition,
he had a wealth of experience writing for and performing with symphony
orchestras and symphonic bands.
Dr. Frabizio earned his undergraduate degree in Music Education from Temple
University, a Master of Music degree from Rutgers University, and a Doctor of
Musical Arts in Composition from Temple University. He was director of music at
The Solebury School in New Hope, Pennsylvania; was a band director in the
Pennsbury High School in Yardley, Pennsylvania; taught harmony and
orchestration at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; was a professor
at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts; and was
Chair of the Music Department for forty-two years at Beaver College/Arcadia
University in Glenside, Pennsylvania. In addition to his writings for jazz
organizations, he had many works published for symphony orchestras, concert
bands, choruses, and a variety of chamber groups. His classical compositions have
been featured on albums with some of the world’s most respected composers, and
he was a frequent guest conductor of All-State, District, and Regional Bands and
Orchestras consisting of high school and college students. He was often called
upon as an adjudicator, consultant, and clinician on behalf of music programs,
festivals, and competitions throughout the United States.
He served in the United States Army during the Korean War with the 3rd Armored
Cavalry Regiment and was Commanding Officer of an armored reconnaissance
unit along the Iron Curtain borders in Germany.
Son of the late William V. Frabizio, Sr. and Louise M. Errico Frabizio, he is
survived by his wife of 50 years Colleen F. O’Donnell Frabizio; two daughters,
Kerry L. Frabizio and her husband Aaron Lipsen of Stockton; and Holly C.
Frabizio and her husband Scott Bramble of Pipersville, Pa.; one son, William V.
Frabizio, III and his wife Annamaria of Newton Center, Ma.; and two
grandchildren, William, IV and Gisele Frabizio. The family would like to thank
his nurses and care givers Sharon Wingate, Nina Rushton, and Julia BoeBarrientos
for their outstanding and loving care and the Eucharistic Ministers from
St. John’s Catholic Church in Lambertville.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10:30 am at St. John the
Evangelist R.C. Church, Bridge St., Lambertville, NJ. Burial with United States
Military Honors will follow in St. John’s R.C. Cemetery, Lambertville. Visitation
will be Sunday from 5-7 pm and Monday from 9:30 am until time of departure for
the Mass at the Garefino Funeral Home, 12 N. Franklin St., Lambertville.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Stockton Fire Co. PO Box 47, Stockton NJ 08559