Jim Franz – Class of January 1960
Played in the Concert Band, and The Campus Crew, Steinmetz’s Jazz Band, and in his senior year, performed in jam sessions with many jazz greats, and produced his first concert at The Blue Note, featuring Duke Ellington, Ann- Margret, and local teenage jazz musicians.
After graduation, he formed a band called The Kasuals, and in 1964 joined Dick Clark Productions as Musical Director for the Dick Clark Caravan of Stars nationwide rock ‘n roll tours, performing with Tom Jones, The Supremes, and other recording artists.
From 1966 to 1976, he toured the country with The MOB, Top 20 Recording Artists and Las Vegas Headliners, performing in Washington DC in 1973 at the first Inaugural Youth Concert. In 2011, the band reunited to be inducted into the South Dakota Rock ‘n Roll Hall Of Fame.
Jim lives in Alameda California, served 20 years as a Director for the American Red Cross Bay Area, and became Community Development Coordinator for the City of Alameda in 2010. He has received local, regional, and statewide recognition for more than 20,000 hours of volunteer service to the community.
Jim Franz, lives and continues to make music with his wife Jan (Jan Mottram, Class of June 1964), who played with his Dick Clark Tour Band in 1965. They have a daughter, Renée, and Jim also has a daughter, Harper, who lives in Green Bay Wisconsin, with her husband and their three sons