Gary Edwards is a composer of classical, musical theater and film music based in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He has also written jazz, rock/pop, R&B gospel and country music. His music has been performed in ensembles from Washington to Argentina, Russia and other countries and he has played with both the Spokane and Louisville Symphonies. One of his goals has always been to bring different cultures and people together with his music.

Gary has written eight musicals, one opera and three screenplays as well as two concertos and hundreds of pieces of music.  He recently produced a Tribute to Mildred Bailey concert and transcribed and conducted all the music. He was the Playwright/Composer in Residence for the Ignite Theater in Spokane Valley, Washington.

Gary's acclaimed album, Wataino, features co-writer Orlando Sanchez, virtuoso hand-percussion player who has performed with such stars as Stevie Wonder, Donna Summers and who produced music for Disney World for years. Find out more about Gary's Music. Questions? Contact Gary. 


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Gary's news and blog

Gary's blog April 1, 2021 

I hope you are well. We’ve had both our shots and are starting to interact with people in person again in a limited way. 

I have had a couple of Zoom meetings with an opera singer named Paula Newberry who is starting a new opera company in Memphis, Tennessee. We have been getting acquainted to where we know the names of each other’s dogs, etc. and everything is progressing well. I have sent her materials that she can use in requesting grants for the Qualchan and Whistalks Opera production including sample proposal materials, pitch letters, budgets and etc. Yesterday, I gave her some advice on setting up her organization as a non-profit as I have had experience in the past setting up non-profit and for-profit corporations. I have started to arrange the music for the opera pit orchestra and the band will include a native flute part and a native drum part. I have completed the arrangement for the first song called 01 Before The Anglos

I invited Paula and her husband Ray to come to our house in July and attend my production of a show featuring Coeur d’Alene Tribal Member Cece Curtis singing songs made famous by Mildred Bailey at an outdoor concert at Riverstone Park in Coeur d’Alene on July 8th from 6 pm to 8 pm. I put together a great four piece band for this show. 

Eastern Washington University School of Music’s Big Band conducted by Professor Steven Friel is still set to perform concert of music from our music CD called Wataino that I co-write with Orlando Sanchez. The concert will be this fall but the exact date has not been selected yet. 

I am writing a new music CD tentatively called Spanglish featuring Cuban American Ivana Cespedes singing bi-lingual Spanish/English songs that I have written over the years. We have the first song called Steppin’ Out completed and are close to getting a vocal recording of the second song The Gypsy Tango Rock recorded and hopefully will get this mixed and ready to go this month of April, 2021. 

Have a happy musical month. 

Gary Edwards 



Mijo es un bromista 

Here's a little story about that time my son and and I were eating at a Mexican Restaurant in Vegas. Gotta watch out for him, he's a real prankster.

Conduct Yourself 

Conductors have an important job to do, after all, they have to wrangle a bunch of cats to coordinate music with a large number of people. But sometimes, they can be real sour-pusses. These, are their stories.

Hey Baldy Holiday Hiatus 

After a string of technical difficulties and Christmas around the corner, Wade and I decided that we will not be streaming the Hey Baldy show this week. The good news is you won't have to miss the exciting conclusion to the Christmas on the Concourse production however, it's posted for you down below. We both would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas, and we'll be back in action come the new year! 

Stealing The Mona Lisa 

All the world's a stage, and we are merely players... or something like that. This week I had the thrill of my life when I met with one of my colleagues, Claude Solnik and his theatrical team to organize a work that we had written together some time ago, a work dubbed Stealing the Mona Lisa. Over the course of roughly 3 hours, we went through the first table read and afterward discussed what worked, what didn't, and what could be improved. I've gotta had it to Jonathan Fox and his wife, they blew me away with their readings as well as their singing! I am very much looking forward to the day when we bring it to the stage!

Professional Relationships 

The consequences of not sleeping with your supervisor can have potential pitfalls... lucky for me I saw it coming! This week on Sit-down Comedy, I'll tell you a story about reverse sexual harassment.

Wataino Choreography 

I approached Callie Hatchet who said she would like to choreograph a piece set to music from to Orlando and my Wataino album. Of course we both unanimously said that we'd be honored, and are looking forward to it! Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to setting a date for the show!

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