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“Elijah and George” – Trailer
Based on letters and diaries from the period, “Elijah and George” is an adventurous, at-times humorous, heartfelt story about family, freedom, and home. An impossible adventure begins when a young boy sneaks out of George Washington’s encampment to find his father, a soldier who does not return from the Battle of Monmouth. A dangerous game may save the young boy’s life and bring him home.
Scheduled to begin shooting later in 2020, I was pleased to be able to create the music for the trailer for this film, and am looking forward to scoring the film itself. Current plans are to premiere the film in 2021. Stay tuned!
Music Track only (if you’d like to listen to just the music without all that pesky dialog or sound effects getting in the way… 😉
Funky Music for PBS Series
NBC’s “Their Finest Hour”, Olympic Prime-Time Broadcast
The Wall Street Journal calls this film “NBC’s finest hour of Olympic Programming”. Broadcast during primetime during the Olympic broadcast, Tom Brokaw Explores Britain’s World War II Resolve in the one-hour film entitled “Their Finest Hour”. The score was recorded using live orchestra and ethnic instruments.
“Rise of the Nazi Machine”
“More Than A Stiff Upper Lip”
“Conventry In Ruins”
“Pilots Finest Hour”
Slow Build to Hard Dub-Step Ending
Blues arrangements for Blues Legend Keb’Mo
Music Montage from the Score
Tense Opening Theme
60’s Organ Rock Theme
Dramatic orchestral/ethnic opening theme.
“Autism Is A World” – Academy Award Nominee
Sue had autism. She was diagnosed and treated and mentally retarded until the age of 13 when she began to communicate using a keyboard. This Academy Award nominated documentary, co-produced with CNN Productions, takes the viewer on a journey into her mind, into her incredible world, and her obsessions. Created by Academy Award wining producer & director Gerardine Wurzburg.
“One More Day”
“Evening With Sue”
“The Human Spark” with Alan Alda – PBS
After countless years on this planet – a new human burst upon the scene, apparently unannounced.
It was us. What is the nature of human uniqueness? Where did the Human Spark ignite, and when? And perhaps most tantalizingly, why?
In a three-part PBS series, Alan Alda takes these questions personally, visiting with dozens of scientists on three continents, and participating directly in many experiments – including the detailed examination of his own brain.
Dramatic Orchestral theme
Classical strings, energetic
Energetic Latin Music
Hip Hop piece for PBS
The Everglades used to span from Lake Okeechobee in central Florida all the way down to Florida Bay. Now only 25% of the historic Everglades remains. The visitor’s center,and the film featured there, shows how incredibly precious this fading resource truly is.
“A Real Tour”
The Power of Forgiveness is a dramatic documentary film for PBS that takes an honest look at the intensity of human anger and grief.It is a collection of seven short stories that profile some of the most dramatic transgressions imaginable, and explores the role forgiveness holds in various faith traditions and examines how the scientific community is now measuring the physical and mental benefits of letting go of grief and resentment.
Haunting piano based melody
Mid-Tempo, relaxed country
Country mid-tempo, slide guitar
Bagpipes, powerful building theme
“Korean War Stories” – PBS – National Emmy Winner
Hosted by Walter Cronkite, Korean War Stories allows veterans to share their memories of a very difficult and brutal war. Not only does it tell the story of the war and its effect on the men and women who fought, but it also shows how these veterans sacrificed and effort helped stabilize America and the world during the early years of the Cold War. This documentary won the Emmy for Best Historical Documentary.
Hosted by Majora Carter, this PBS Special explores the ways in which everyday people can have a dramatic impact in saving our planet. The music score features country, blues, and even 70’s funk.
“Water Blues Open”
“70’s Funk – Sort of…”
“After The Hoedown”
“Coming On Out”
Tense drama as Nazi power surges
Lush Orchestral Open
Music for a goofy gopher…
Guitar driven rock theme
Music for TV spots for the U.S. Navy.
Music for TV spots for the U.S. Navy.
Take-off from a carrier
This 90-minute PBS film highlights the beginnings of what is now the State of North Carolina, from the years when thousands of Native-Americans prospered, through the first visitors and the “Lost Colony,” early colonial development and growth in the 17th and 18th centuries, followed by the horrors of warfare against the once-powerful Tuscarora. It is truly the story of North Carolina’s -and America’s – beginnings. With an Emmy nominated score, click here to see the film.
“Eve of Battle”
Click here to see the film.
All String dramatic mid-tempo fugue
Summing up the amazing story of the British in the earliest days of World War II
Positive, hopeful orchestral theme
Positive recap of the main theme
Slowly, triumph and survival emerge
Tense, ethnic theme
Tense, ethnic theme with french horn
Tender Opening Theme with violin
Ethnic African flutes & percussion
Lots of African percussion instruments
Lush nylon guitar & strings
Background country-rock instrumental
Cross-cultural driving theme
Hard Driving Guitar and drums
Quiet piano based conclusion
Reassuring, gentle/soft piano theme
War threatens this peaceful country.
Another quiet, haunting theme
Eerie opening theme
Don’t laugh. An original piece for the Zinc Council (no kidding!), this job gave me a chance to write big band music, using 18 musicians from Air Force Airmen of Note, plus live strings. A lot of fun to compose and record!
Early man gazes in wonder at the stars…
Chasing a boar through the jungle
Eerie confrontation with unknown life.
Walking through the primeval jungle
Powerful concluding theme
Dark, ethereal music as strategy is planned
Dark, energetic determined theme
Dark, Ominous rhythm
Soft, jazz. Sort of. But not really…
Snares and other drums in pre-battle cadence
Dramatic recapitulation of the open
Piano based melody with oboe
Harvard students and their determination. Piano, upright bass, cymbals
“Harvard – The Classics”
“Late Night Study”
“Once More Out of the Breach”
“Harvard – Closing Theme”
Mid-eastern flavor with flutes, percussion
Confronting The Truth shows how countries which have experienced massive human rights violations have created official, independent bodies known as truth commissions. Since 1983, truth commissions have been established in over 20 countries. This film tells the amazing story of what happens when human rights violators confront those they had abused. Composing this score gave me a real opportunity to delve into different ethnic styles, and use a ton of different ethnic instruments.
“The Wait for Home”
“Slow Flute Rising”
“Arabic Violin Waiting”
“Walking Towards Justice”
“Violin and Injustice”
“Solo Sad Wind”
Dramatic theme of starting to overcome true difficulties
Slow, tense ethnic piece
High Energy African theme
Quiet guitar/banjo theme that builds
Very Dramatic Orchestral building theme
Sad, lonely theme that builds
Rock based energetic theme
Quiet Opening Theme with ethnic flutes
That fabled wetland, the Florida Everglades is in trouble. For the past 150 years humankind has attempted to harness this enigmatic wilderness to serve its needs. Ironically, we have destroyed more than the beautiful natural habitat of a diverse flora and fauna. We have endangered ourselves.
The subject of the Everglades and its restoration is as vast and complex as the landscape itself.In this two-part episode of Water’s Journey, our scientists and explorers follow the path of the water from the headwaters just outside of Disney World in Orlando, to the Florida Keys. They learn about the history, the hydrology, the people who live and work on the land, its natural beauty and our efforts to restore and protect this great natural resource.
“This Thing Works!”
“Just One Left”
“Moving at Last”
Energetic Opening Theme
Wonderment with slight tension
Latin-based up-tempo closing theme.
quiet theme with acoustic guitars
Quiet flute and guitar
Music for Battle Scene. This documentary won an Emmy Award for best Historical Documentary.
Viewing the aftermath of battle.
Unbelievable freezing conditions
In 1918-1919, the worst flu in recorded history killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide. The U.S. death toll was 675,000 – five times the number of U.S. soldiers killed in World War I. Where did the 1918 flu come from? Why was it so lethal? What did we learn? A dramatic, evocative, and often heartbreaking score accompanies this revealing film.
“Rescue in The Philippines” is a one-hour documentary of the previously untold story of how the five Frieder brothers, Cincinnati businessmen making two-for-a-nickel cigars in pre-WWII Manila, together with Manuel Quezon, the charismatic first president of the Philippines, Paul McNutt, US High Commissioner and former governor of Indiana, and an ambitious Army Colonel named Dwight Eisenhower – helped 1,200 Jews escape the Nazis and immigrate to the Philippines.
“Clouds of War”
“A Family At Last”
A Discovery Channel film that deals with the history of guns and arms, while looking at the successes and the damage caused by guns throughout history.
“Up The Hill”
“Sun In Your Eyes”
“A Force More Powerful” – PBS Award-Winning Series
“A Force More Powerful” explores one of the 20th century’s most important but least understood stories: how nonviolent power has overcome oppression and authoritarian rule all over the world. Narrated by Ben Kingsley, and nominated for an Emmy.
Dramatic orchestra theme when Jews are saved by Danes in World War II
Orchestral Soft Drama with tension
Tension Builds in Indian theme
Sad Cellos depict cold prisons
Poles resistance movement gains strength
Quiet start, ethereal, develops into mid-tempo theme
Quiet, haunting theme with flute
Schweitzer’s walk through the jungle
Pipe organ fugue for Schweitzer’s time in Germany.
Albert Schweitzer: Called To Africa – PBS
The film tells the compelling story of a theologian, musician and philosopher who abandoned a life of fame and comfort in Europe at the age of 30 to dedicate his life to the medical care of Africans. Ultimately he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace and became one of the most celebrated figures of the 20th century. The price Schweitzer and his family paid was enormous. And his achievements are manifest in the Schweitzer Hospital that today continues to provide magnificent service to the people of West Africa.
Cathedral Organ Fugue
“Monumental Arizona” – PBS
One word may best describe Arizona – monumental. Arizona is home to more national monuments than any other state in America. Using spectacular high definition technology, Monumental Arizona takes you on a wondrous journey across the state to experience Arizona in ways you never expected.
He was the man who told us that President Kennedy had been shot, the man who told us that we had put a man on the moon, and the man who told us that we couldn’t win the war in Vietnam. During the 20 years he anchored the evening news on CBS, Walter Cronkite became a daily presence in the American home. The score reflects some great and tragic moments in our nation’s history. Click here for a video sample.
“Man On The Moon”
“Exploring Space” is a PBS feature 90-minute documentary that takes a closer look at the infinite universe around us.
A Force More Powerful – Video Game
A tense video game that is a companion piece to the film “A Force More Powerful”, this interactive game provides players with a chance to learn actual strategy than can be used when confronting oppressive regimes. A highly energetic and dramatic score.
“Racing Through Town”
This documentary explores the incredible history and growth of Christianity in Asia Minor, now the country of Turkey. Top scholars of archeology and history guide us through regions that played a major role in the transformation of a “cult” called Christianity into a world wide religion.
“Pets: Part of the Family” is a 13 part PBS series that focuses on the amazing world of pets. Narrated by M*A*S*H’s Gary Burghoff, the score is sometimes silly, sometimes goofy, sometimes sad, and even at times majestic.
There are nature films, and then there are incredible nature films. This is the latter. This film is full of stunning footage of the secret life of these majestic animals.
Millions of Americans have had to change their retirement plans in the wake of the 2008 financial meltdown. Retirement Revolution looks at the stories of everyday people who have found ways not only to survive but thrive in this new reality.
This amazing TV series features authors, scientists and everyday people who thrive on exploring the natural world. The variety of incredible stories provided an opportunity to create a pretty wide variety of music!
“Bonnhoeffer” – PBS Special
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a young German theologian who offered one of the first clear voices of resistance to Adolf Hitler. Bonhoeffer openly challenged his church to stand with the Jews in their time of need and eventually joined a plot to kill Hitler. Extensive research in the U.S. and Europe brings to life this amazing story of moral courage. Extraordinary archival footage is interwoven with interviews with friends, family and students of Bonhoeffer, with historians and theologians, and the the words of Bonhoeffer himself, read by Klas Maria Brandauer. Winner of the Gabriel Award.
“Waiting for Her”
“On the March”
“Everything Gone but Hope”
70’s funk. Sort of….
Rolling out the Concorde for the first time
Cronkite’s most memorable tv moment
Sweet, soft, evocative strings
Eerie space textures with soprano lead
Haunting, featuring Gregorian male choir
Tense Piano/Orchestra based theme
Original Orchestral work commissioned by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Closing string based theme
Somber mood as people remember 9/11
High energy opening theme
Background guitar and piano
Tense with Native American flute
Strings and Harp, then building
Haunting Indian piece with flutes and percussion
Native American flutes, war cries
Laid back, harmonica and guitars
Easy going blues feel
Classic surfer Guitar, dude…
This engaging 2-hour HD film walks the paths of Hamilton’s life, from the Caribbean islands where he was born, to Yorktown and Wall Street where he fought and worked, to Harlem, where he lived and died. We hear a Treasury Secretary, a Supreme Court Justice, publishers, warriors, pornographers, lawyers, calypso singers and urban gang members talk about money, rights, news, battle, sex and honor—all the themes that shaped Hamilton’s life, helped him make modern capitalist America, and led to his death in the most famous duel in American history.
Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton illuminates the life and accomplishments of one of the most brilliant yet least celebrated Founding Fathers.
“Whiskey Rebellion” Excerpt
“Waiting for Her” Excerpt
Quiet, sad melodic piano driven piece
Sad, forlorn, Irish whistle melody
Mid-eastern haunting theme.
Jazz funk theme with sax
Orchestral close with drama
Quiet theme that builds
Hip-Hop background for PBS
Sparse tremelo guitar & pedal steel
Mid tempo country swing
Comforting closing theme
Soft start, changes to uptempo music
Jazzy theme featuring two violins
Dignified Opening Theme
Rebuilding Iraq is a dramatic story of Iraqis, Americans, and others, working together to restore this war-torn country.
“Iraq – Opening Theme”
Between 1976 and 2003, the fastest, highest flying, and most elegant way to travel between Europe and the U.S. was aboard the British-French Concorde, a marvel of aircraft engineering that had to battle protestors, politicians, and nervous accountants to earn its place in aviation history and also win the hearts of an adoring public, including many who could never afford to fly it. In “Supersonic Dream,” NOVA explores the mystique of this technological wonder of the world.
“I Love The 70’s”
“The Roll Out”
“Morning On The Runway”
The Last 600 Meters, a 90-minute documentary,takes a look at the two biggest battles of the Iraq war, Najaf and Fallujah, through the firsthand testimony of those who fought them. It offers perspectives on these battles, and lessons for warfare in the future.
“A Foreign Land”
“It’s Never Gonna’ End”
“Another Day in Hell”
“Light At The End of the Tunnel”
Rock Theme for news package
“Coma – Opening Theme”
“Just Like Yesterday”
“I’m Still Here”
Ever since unusually ancient and deadly spear points were found near Clovis, New Mexico in the 1930s, many archeologists have believed that this type of weapon originated with the first settlers of the New World, who supposedly migrated from Asia at the end of the last ice age. In “America’s Stone Age Explorers,” NOVA reports new evidence that challenges this widely held view.
The hunt for clues takes NOVA to sites of stunning discoveries in western Pennsylvania and southern Chile; to southern France, where Stone Age artifacts have been found that resemble the famous Clovis points; to the high arctic to learn the techniques that may have been used to cross the ice-encrusted Atlantic 17,000 years before Columbus; and to a remarkable find in central Texas that may hold the key to who invented the Clovis technology.
“Through The Jungle”
“Catch That Boar!”
“Gazing At The Universe”
“Stone Age Closing Theme”
A fascinating PBS documentary that explores the body-mind-spirit connections of Seventh-day Adventists. The film chronicles the history of the Adventist faith and investigates the reasons why Adventists are among the longest-living people in the world.
“Adventists – Opening Theme”
“The Flight Home”
This film aired on PBS, and also runs in abbreviated form at the Supreme Court visitors center every hour. The original score was recorded in Bratislava, Slovakia, using the Radio Slovak Orchestra.
Supreme Court Justice Kennedy liked the score so much, that he asked for his own CD of the music.
Global Focus – with Robert Redford
GLOBAL FOCUS is a half hour documentary narrated by Robert Redford, featuring intimate portraits of six passionate and dedicated environmental activists from around the globe. These are true environmental heroes who have placed themselves squarely in harm’s way to battle authoritative governments, powerful corporations and other intimidating adversaries. Their goal: safeguarding the Earth’s natural resources from shortsighted exploitation and unbridled pollution.
I was honored to develop a new news theme package for Media General, a company with dozens of televisions stations around the country. Over 30 themes were created – below are a few samples from this package.
This powerful campaign spreads a life-saving message – that as a nation, we must do more about the number-one cancer killer – lung cancer. Created by Academy Award wining producer & director Gerardine Wurzburg.
“One More Breath”
Reprise of Leopard Son Theme
An original, live-action children’s wildlife conservation series filmed at the world’s premiere zoos and aquariums and in the wild. It is the only wildlife series to earn the unprecedented, written endorsement of the A.Z.A. (Association of Zoos and Aquariums).
Zoofari Opening Theme
Music: “Rise of the Nazi Machine”, courtesy: John Keltonic | copyright JDK Music | All Rights Reserved
“Making of The Leopard Son” – Discovery Channel
What does it take to make a feature film about a young leopard growing up in Serengeti bush? Director Holly Stadtler spent six weeks following renowned wildlife cinematographer Hugo van Lawick and his crew to present this fascinating behind-the-scenes portrait. THE MAKING OF THE LEOPARD SON captures the dedicated crew’s efforts to film wildlife from a glider, to record sound from a hot air balloon, and to film leopard behavior from a custom built Landrover.
“Leopard Son – Opening Theme”
“African Flute Dance”
Light-hearted humorous music
Explore Alaska like never before in Over Alaska in High Definition video. The film, shot by the world’s most experienced high-definition aerial production team, takes you over everything from bustling cities to ghost towns, and some of the most dramatic aerial footage ever taken. This film received numerous awards, including an Emmy for best music score.
Family, friends, historians and Betty Ford herself reflect on her life as a political spouse; an accidental and outspoken first lady; breast cancer survivor; and feminist pro-choice Republican in Betty Ford: The Real Deal.“Betty Ford Open”
National “Born Explorers” Campaign
Mysterious Underwater Theme
An amazing Discovery Channel documentary that features divers exploring off the coast of Normandy, France, and the discoveries that they make.
D-Day Opening Theme”
“Diving In Darkness”
Produced for the Mt.St. Helens Visitors Center, this film features a wide variety of orchestral cues, from dramatic to down-right goofy…
Score for film that runs hourly in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
Honor Theme for the Blue Angels
Excellence Theme for the Blue Angels
Strength Theme for the Blue Angels
Power Theme for the Blue Angels
Cute animated full-length cartoon DVD from Disney for small children. Fun children’s score.
“Just A’ Hoppin'”
“Down the Trail”
1950’s Rock ‘n’ Roll
George Thoroughgood like rock guitar
Music for TV spots for the U.S. Navy. Each spot has the identical opening, but different ending. Three samples below.
“Flight 1 – Launch”
“Flight 2 – Night”
“Flight 3 – Triumph”
Narrated by Martin Sheen, “Bringing Down A Dictator” documents the spectacular defeat of Slobodan Milosevic in October, 2000, not by force of arms, as many had predicted, but by an ingenious nonviolent strategy of honest elections and massive civil disobedience.
“Dictator Opening Theme”
“We Won’t Go Away”
“Nighttime is Best”
The amazing story of the United States Navy Blue Angels, and what it takes to become a pilot that is truly “the best of the best”.
“Blue Angels – Power”
“Blue Angels – Strength”
“Blue Angels – Excellence”
“Blue Angels – Honor”