Frank DiCostanzo began composing around the age of 9. Piano teachers scolded him for memorizing lessons, rather than reading along with the music. He began "storing" his compositions in his head and only much later learned to transcribe the notes onto paper (and, later, transcription software). His resistance toward traditional pedagogy compelled one instructor to abandon her student, telling his mother, "I can't take him any further." At 13, Frank returned to lessons after a year of self-instruction and ear-playing. The new teacher, upon asking where Frank had learned to play hand-over-hand arpeggios, was told "by listening." At 16, a friend and musical collaborator introduced him to Chick Corea, and Frank's musical universe began to expand exponentially. Today his influences include many of the same inspirational figures from his teen years—most notably Corea, Pat Metheny, and Frank Zappa. After high school, Frank enrolled as a music student at Columbia College of Chicago, but soon found himself disillusioned by the establishment curriculum. He played keyboards for The Dirt Merchantz, a rough-and-tumbling punk/hip-hop outfit, while continuing to listen to new forms of music. Frank eventually earned a Masters degree in Literature from DePaul University in 2002, supporting his deep love of language, stories and human expression. Today he operates his own branding agency, Messina Marketing Group. Frank records music under his independent label, tbi productions. tbi was established in 2003 with the release of Das Man, an acoustic collection of original compositions featuring accomplished Chicago guitarist and lifelong friend, Chris Siebold. Frank also composes and produces music for websites and various online applications.