Frank Siegrist

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Trumpeters Frank Siegrist and Andy Secrest, both members of the Paul Whiteman band at various times, have sometimes been mistaken for each other or distilled into one person by discographers who have…
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Trumpeters Frank Siegrist and Andy Secrest, both members of the Paul Whiteman band at various times, have sometimes been mistaken for each other or distilled into one person by discographers who have perhaps been rendered bleary-eyed by their favorite Whiteman sides. Siegrist's involvement with Whiteman included participation in various side projects such as the Virginians with talented multi-instrumentalist Andy Sanella and the Whiteman hot jazz spinoff called Busse's Buzzards.

An accounting of discographical booty presents a major difference between Siegrist and Secrest, separating the two vintage jazz players in a way that their similar surnames and playing styles apparently have not been able to. Secrest lived to the age of 77 and was still performing in the '50s, with more than 60 recording sessions to his credit. Siegrist was already dead by 1947, his major period of recording taking place between 1923 and 1926 with an average of ten sessions per year. Siegrist published a trumpet solo entitled "Trumpetity" in 1926.