Gary A. Edwards Composer
Since 1956, Gary has performed in bands of all sizes from single to symphony and many styles from opera to rock and country; to classical, choral and musical theatre.
He writes for various types of groups including piano solo, cello solo, bass solo and duet, string trio, string orchestra, youth orchestra, full orchestra, wind, band and brass ensemble, pit orchestra, rock and country bands at all levels of difficulty.
Gary has composed several pieces of music performed by various Coeur d’Alene High School musical ensembles, has written eight musicals, an opera, two concertos (piano and string bass,) three screenplays, a TV sit-com and hundreds of pieces of music. He has worked for years as a composer, videographer, editor and Spanish translator for CMTV Community Minded Television Channel 14 which has broadcast 64 of his videos on Comcast Cable in Spokane, Washington.
Gary composes in most styles including classical, rock, country, children's, jazz, choral, gospel, Latin film, and musical theatre. His music has received airplay in Washington, Idaho and other states and countries including Columbia, Estonia and Russia. He has published 17 books.
He has released ten music CDs, two music videos and formed Edwards Music Site dot com company (ASCAP) that primarily releases his music. Gary has received three grants from ASCAP recognizing his composing contributions to the American cultural scene. He is also a member of the American Federation of Musicians, local 105. He has been nominated three times for the Mayor’s (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) Excellence in the Arts Award, and once for the Governor’s (Idaho) Excellence in the Arts Award.
Gary has composed the soundtrack for one produced movie. His screenplay, The Prodigy received two Fresh Voices Spotlight Award Nominations including for “bridging cultures.” He was the Playwright/Composer in Residence at the Ignite Theater. His musical Christmas on The Concourse ended a two-week run on December 20th, 2015 at the Ignite Theater in Spokane Valley and was a huge success. He was Composer in Residence at the Carson City Symphony’s Strings in The Schools Harmonica Festival May 9, 2015 in Nevada featuring a concert of his compositions. He produced A Tribute To Mildred Bailey Show at the Coeur d’Alene Casino in November 2018 and transcribed all the music and conducted the seven piece band. He transcribed and orchestrated the music for the SayRoar animated films studio concert by the Coeur d’Alene Symphony on 6/12/2019. He has also published 36 articles in national computer magazines. His major works include the Qualchan Opera and Christmas on the Concourse musical. His books, music CDS and videos are available on Amazon. Com and www.EdwardsMusicSite.com. Email address is Gedward@roadrunner.com