B i o g r a p h y
Fran Merante is a highly experienced live and cyber session drummer from the Greater New Haven, Connecticut area and has been playing drums now for over 40 years. If you ask him, he’ll tell you the most important of those years were the ones he spent at the Berklee College of Music where he honed his drumming skills and teaching concepts.
Fran has worked in many facets of the drumming industry, from studio work, to off Broadway musicals, to original and top 40 gigs, to headlining gigs with his former band, Cubistic Jack. He has played such venues as, Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT, Fat Daddy’s in Watertown, CT, The Oakdale Theater in Wallingford, CT, Foxwoods Casino in Ledyard, CT, Le Bar Bat in Manhattan and The Bitter End, Greenwich Village. While with Cubisitic Jack he also worked with musicians from Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Buddy Rich Big Band and the Arturo Sandoval group. In addition, Fran played with Styrocultural Antidote, an original "Progressive Fusion" trio powered by the composing and guitar playing wizardry of Ron Neuhauser. In this setting, Fran was free to create and progress as a player. To date, he feels that this was the setting where his drumming was most pushed to its outer limits. He also served as Drum Technician for New England Sound Company and worked with the Woody Herman Orchestra, The Arturo Sandoval Band, and Jack Jones.
Since 2008, he has recorded virtually hundreds of tracks for a multitude of musical genre's. Currently, he is working with producer/engineer Bobby Parrs of Bobby's Backing Tracks, providing drum tracks for his world class backing tracks.
Fran has played on tracks with such talents as, Jack Thammarat, Matthew Charles Heulitt, Jeff Pevar, Steve Kindler, Vinai Trinateepakdee, Pianismo, Chuck D'aloia, John Findlay, David Steele, Chris Botti, Gumbi Ortiz, Damian Erskine, and Anton Davidyants.
Fran is also currently doing session work for LA producer/guitarist UNAM, appearing on the albums, Surface Level, Future Love, The Essential Collection, and The Love Vault (Future Love part II).
You can find his instructional and performance videos on YouTube which have earned over 1 MILLION views and over 2900 subscribers to his channel.
Fran also teaches private lessons out of his home studio and is also available for lessons via Skype.
In addition to his full teaching and recording schedule, Fran also manages to play live, regularly with various CT musicians.