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Franklin Rankin ‘13

Franklin Rankin ’13 started playing music when he was 3 years old as a piano student. He branched out from there to the clarinet and guitar over the next few years. His arrival at The Waldorf School of Garden City in 2005 introduced him to music in a more formal setting via the Choir, Orchestra, and eventually the Jazz Band. Along with his studies at Waldorf he also attended Harlem School of the Arts college prep program. He graduated from The Waldorf School of Garden City in 2013.

He went on to graduate from the prestigious Berklee College of Music with a degree in Jazz Composition, where he was featured in the Best of Jazz Composition concert and arranged for the Rainbow Big Band led by saxophonist Tia Fuller. While at Berklee, Franklin also discovered an interest in film scoring and had the opportunity to compose for the short films of Beeka Regassa.

After finishing his masters at NYU, he is now an instructor at the Harlem School of the Arts, The Brooklyn Waldorf School, and New York Jazz Academy. Franklin has performed with a wide range of artists, some of which include Azealia Banks, Chris Potter, and Micah Stampley.

Franklin Rankin ‘13

Arts & EntertainmentSymposium Panelist 2019
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Franklin Rankin ‘13

Arts & EntertainmentSymposium Panelist 2019

Franklin Rankin ’13 started playing music when he was 3 years old as a piano student. He branched out from there to the clarinet and guitar over the next few years. His arrival at The Waldorf School of Garden City in 2005 introduced him to music in a more formal setting via the Choir, Orchestra, and eventually the Jazz Band. Along with his studies at Waldorf he also attended Harlem School of the Arts college prep program. He graduated from The Waldorf School of Garden City in 2013.

He went on to graduate from the prestigious Berklee College of Music with a degree in Jazz Composition, where he was featured in the Best of Jazz Composition concert and arranged for the Rainbow Big Band led by saxophonist Tia Fuller. While at Berklee, Franklin also discovered an interest in film scoring and had the opportunity to compose for the short films of Beeka Regassa.

After finishing his masters at NYU, he is now an instructor at the Harlem School of the Arts, The Brooklyn Waldorf School, and New York Jazz Academy. Franklin has performed with a wide range of artists, some of which include Azealia Banks, Chris Potter, and Micah Stampley.