by Frederick D. Fairchild
(b. Chelsea, Mass., USA May 21, 1919; d. December 26, 1974)
Frank Arsenault was one of the most influential of modern American rudimental drummers. Three-time, undefeated National Solo Snare Drum Champion, Arsenault later brought the Skokie Indians and Chicago Cavaliers drum lines to national prominence, and his students eventually gained five Veterans of Foreign Wars National Championships. His unique technical command of the snare drum and his thorough approach to teaching made him one of the most sought-after teachers and clinicians of his genre. His recording of the 26 Standard American Drum Rudiments, which included spectacular performances of traditional drum solos, became an important teaching tool and set the standards for a generation of corps drummers. After retiring from competition in the early 1950s Arsenault spent nearly 20 years traveling extensively as a clinician for the Ludwig Drum Company.