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Richard Band to many is known as a composer for Horror films. Unbeknownst to many, he has stepped outside of the horror genre quite often to diversify his body of work, demonstrating his ability to tackle any genre that is presented to him. Richard has worked in film, tv, and interactive media during his career. His work is prolific and has evolved in accordance with the ever changing needs and tastes of the entertainment industry.
In addition to being a composer, Richard finds time to educate and mentor aspiring composers and musicians in areas related to the music industry and music production process. His knowledge and experience in mastering, album producing and intellectual property rights has proven o be of great value to many.
Richard Band was born in Los Angeles on December 28, 1953. He is the son of film producer-director-writer Albert Band (THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE – screen adaptation), brother to producer-distributor Charles Band (Empire Pictures & Full Moon) and uncle to young rock star Alex Band of the rock group ‘The Calling’. When Richard was five years of age the Band family moved to Sweden so that Albert, following his years working with John Huston, could direct and produce the film FACE OF FIRE (James Whitmore, Theodore Bikel). Subsequently the family moved on to Paris for a year where Richard upon returning from school would on an almost daily basis conduct Beethoven’s 5th and 9th symphonies while standing on the dining room table listening to the music on an old Telefunkin phonograph. In late 1959 the family then moved to Rome, which was rapidly becoming the "Hollywood of Europe" where the family remained for the next 11 years.
One night in 1963 on a location shoot in Madrid, Spain, Richard fell even more in love with music than he already was. Having been mesmerized by the masterful guitar playing at a flamenco show, Richard went out the following morning and bought his own first guitar. About a year thereafter and after teaching himself to play, the young teenager began playing professional jobs in and around Rome. About a year after that, Richard was forming his own bands and began touring around Italy accompanied by four adult musicians. At age 17, after having toured around most of Italy and Europe, Richard had already achieved an incredible amount of success and then in 1970, returned to the United States. Not wanting to be a "rock & roll" star like almost every other musician in Los Angeles at the time, Richard realized if he wanted to remain in music, he would have to begin studying music more seriously. Richard began his formal music studies at the Immaculate Heart College in 1972, and later studied privately with John Ringgold and composer Dorrance Stalvey of the famous "Monday Evening Concerts."
Shortly after his brother Charles had formed his first movie company, Richard decided to take a break from music and began to work as an assistant director on some of his films. He then went from assistant director to production manager, to associate producer and finally producer on over 13 films.
A Return To Music
Not content but now equipped with an a great deal of movie production experience, in 1977 Richard left the film business entirely and took an extended holiday in Europe to “get back to his roots”. Missing music, he soon put two and two together and realized that he could perhaps marry his love for both films and music by creating music for films. Just a few months later Richard and his friend, Joel Goldsmith (son of famed film composer Jerry Goldsmith), approached Irwin Yablans at Compass International Distributors (HALLOWEEN) and asked for the opportunity to score a film. After much discussion they were given $1000.00 to create the score for the 1978 film LASERBLAST that heralded his and Joel’s debut as film composers.