Educational public schools, New York City. Student National Conservatory of Music, New York City. Studied cornet under Jules Levy and Carl Sohst.
Doctor of Music (honorary), Phillips University, 1934, Boston University, 1936, DePauw University, 1953.
Cornetist, Metropolitan Opera House orchestra, 1895-1905. Teacher, band instruments, 1905-1918. Was member of faculty, Columbia, 1919-1926.
Organizer, 1911, since conductor Goldman Band.
Manager and conductor Goldman Band Free Summer Concerts (Columbia campus, later in Central Park, also on campus New York University) since 1918. Concerts in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, since 1934.
Member American Society of Composers. Member Ottawa and London, Ontario Musicians Unions. Club: The Bohemians.
Married Adelaide Maibrunn, October 8, 1908. Children: Richard Franko, Louise Elizabeth.