About.

Gary was born and raised in Bristol, England and took up the trumpet when he was 7-years old and, by the age of 14, was playing Lead Trumpet and arranging for some of Bristol’s Big Bands, touring various countries in Europe, as well as playing for the Bristol Opera Company and other local symphonies.

 

Gary left Bristol to study at Leeds College of Music, graduating with a First Class Honours degree with Distinction, Magna Cum Laude.  While at Leeds, he continued to compose, arrange, and play Lead Trumpet not only within the college but also for live-television and many musicals, such as “West Side Story”.  Upon graduating from Leeds, he accepted a Scholarship for Advanced Studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.

Upon completion of his Advanced Studies from Berklee in 1993, Gary moved to Los Angeles where he has worked steadily accumulating numerous orchestration, composing, and arranging credits since then.  He has orchestrated on such feature films as “Avatar” and "The Spiderwick Chronicles” (James Horner), “WALL-E” (Thomas Newman), “The Bourne Ultimatum” (John Powell), and “Leatherheads” (Randy Newman), and is currently orchestrating on the TV shows “Castle Rock”, “Blood and Treasure”, and “Looney Tunes”. 

His original compositions have been heard on such TV shows as “Forensic Files”; “Pit Bulls and Parolees”; “The Tesla Files”;

“Wicked Tuna”; “The Curse of Civil War Gold”; “The 1980’s: The Deadliest Decade”; ”Lock-Up” to name a few.

Gary has additional experience orchestrating and arranging for live shows such as Ringling Bros. Circus, Disney On Ice, and Disney Live Shows, as well as for concerts for such artists as John Legend for his Hollywood Bowl concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as for Toni Braxton’s album “Sex & Cigarettes”, including the single “Forgiven” from the feature film “The Forgiven”.

Having first-hand experience in a wide variety of musical styles, Gary likes to vary the instrumentation as well as rhythms in his work and is comfortable adapting to any genre that is requested of him.

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