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

Music and Songwriting Class is now open for the public! 

Hey Everyone! I'm Pleased to announce that my music and songwriting class is now available for free on youtube! I will guide you through the fundamentals of the music drawn from my years of experience as a composer. Here's a list of what's in store for you:

Week 1 - Intro

Week 2 - Writing Lyrics

Week 3 - Writing Music

Week 4 - Collaborating With Others

Week 5 - Legal Matters

Week 6 - Technical Aspects

Week 7 - Marketing Your Music

Week 8 - Performing Your Music


I look forward to helping you grow as a musician! Click on the image below to get started!

New Episodes of Sit-down Comedy are Up!  

I missed the blog last week, so today is gonna be a two-fer for you all! For starters I'll  give you a window into the perils of being  a married man on stage, followed by a hilarious scheme a friend and I pulled in college to meet women. Hope you all get a good laugh! If you do make sure to share with your friends!





Newly available for purchase! 

Hey everyone, I'm pleased to inform you that Gary's Classic Music Vol II & III are now available for purchase in physical copy, as well as the complete DVD set for Echo of the Tom Toms read by Joe Lyons! Vol II features a 30 minute original piano concerto. Vol III features a 20 minute original string bass concerto. Take a  gander here below!

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Inroducing Sit-down Comedy: Little Moments With Yours Truly! 

Hey all, just wanted to fill you in on a new development I'm calling Sit-down Comedy, a series of short vignettes where I share funny stories from my life or bits of humor to brighten your day. I will be releasing a new one every Thursday for you, so be sure to stay tuned! This week I show you a couple of my favorite tongue twisters, say them wrong and you may be sorry (depending on the company you're keeping). Enjoy! 

Wataino available on CD! 

Wataino is now available for sale on CD! You can pick up your physical copy by clicking on the button at the bottom of this post! If you haven't heard Wataino yet, you're missing out -- and you can give the album a taste here on my website. From the moment Areyto Dance begins, to the moment Old Cacique ends, you'll find yourself wanting to move and groove! I remember when Orlando and I were creating the album, we had so much fun that we just got lost in the music. And you will too! Order your copy today here: BUY WATAINO ON TREPSTAR

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Music and Songwriting Class - Week 7 

Hello everyone, I have a new update to my Music and Songwriting class available on Patreon! Week 7 is all about marketing and self promotion tips, so get ready to hit some pavement to get yourself out there! You can find the class by subscribing on Patreon I look forward to seeing you! 

Sing Along With Ellie now available for physical purchase! 

The children's album Sing Along with Ellie featuring the vocal talents of the young Idahoan star Ellie Holm is now available on CD! Its sure to be a hit with your little ones and bring you back to simpler times. Buy a copy today, and treat your family to a new classic for roadtrips and the sing-along circle!

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In Week 6 of My Songwriting Class, We're Talking Tech. 

Comic by Dave Blazek


This week in songwriting, we are covering the magic behind the curtain, the technology side of writing music. Learn about the technology that I use to make the music in my dreams a reality! You can access the songwriting course on my Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/garyedwards?fan_landing=true

We're now on week 5 of my Music and Songwriting Course! 

Hello everyone, I have a new update to my Music and Songwriting class available on Patreon! What's the difference between a lawyer and a herd of wild elephants? The elephants charge less. In week 5 we're covering all things legal regarding the music business, don't miss out!

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Gary's Classic Music Vol. III 

Hey all, I've just released a new album out featuring some more of my instrumental pieces! You can find it streaming and sharing HERE. Explore the sound of tragedy and hope in our current days in Pandemonic, get whisked away to another time in the Stockholm Waltz, and or course cool your heels while getting lost in the vibes of Classy Jazz. This collection has a little something for everybody, so be sure to give it a listen!

Gary A. Edwards Music Blog 7/27/2020  

Right now I am enjoying the pleasure of listening to the Wataino CD that Orlando Sanchez and I wrote on a radio interview recorded in Argentina called Radio Vivo Tú A Tú. I can't tell you what a thrill it is to hear music that I wrote being played internationally. The music is streaming on several streaming sites now. In the interview Spanish Orlando talks about how we met and became friends and now he considers me as a second father. It was also fantastic to hear the radio announcer telling the public what a great production this CD is. The CD music and artwork has been submitted to our manufacturer and distributor and will be released imminently. I hope you all get the chance to enjoy the music in these trying times. You can hear Areyto Dance by pressing <Play> below.

2 New Albums! 

We’ve released 2 new albums recently here at CCRAP Records which are available for streaming on any of your favorite services! 





From the vocal talents of the beloved Ellie Holm comes Sing Along with Ellie, a children’s album. A soon to be favorite for the little ones in your life, Sing Along with Ellie is sure to delight -- and take even you grown ups back to simpler times. 




In Volume 2 Gary explores the more fantastical side of instrumental music. With themes ranging from the evocative to the adventurous to the dangerous, this album will definitely whisk you away to a far-away place in the realms of imagination! 

I hope you will give both a listen and find them to your liking. There are a few more releases underway, so stay tuned!

Gary A. Edwards Entertainment Blog 12/13/19  

WaTaino Concert – Intern Wade Lutz - Mistaken Move movie – Mildred Bailey music – Children’s Music project - Movie Reviews: Harriett, Jo Jo Rabbit, Midway - Give Me Five program -  

Intern Wade Lutz – I am hiring Wade Lutz as an intern with the long-range goal of turning over Edwards Music Publishing when I can no longer compose or work. Wade is primarily a graphics designer with experience in marketing, organizing and music in the video game business. He is driven and will be a great addition to our publishing team. 

WaTaino CD Update- Co-writer Orlando Sanchez says he finished live track recordings in Orlando, Florida and is sending the finished tracks to the flautist’s studio in Spain for the final mix.  Gary spoke with Professor Steven Friel of Eastern Washington University who proposed that EWU produce a WaTaino concert in the spring of 2020, which is very exciting. We will hopefully get some videotape to add this concert to our YouTube.com channel. There is also talk of a European tour fairly soon to promote the CD when it’s released. 

Mistaken Move movie – I talked with writer/director Jimmy Cullors who said he liked the music I submitted for the murder mystery movie he is shooting in Las Vegas called Mistaken Move. Unfortunately, just before the movie was finished his DP passed away and now Cullors believes the movie won’t be finished until January 2020.  

Mildred Bailey Music –Cecilia Curtis of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe is singing songs made famous by Mildred Bailey a member of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe at The Coeur d’Alene Tribal Casino on New Year’s Eve from 6 to 10 pm with the Bruce Pennell Trio. This will be the sixth Mildred Bailey show, including  a benefit show performed solo by CeCe at the Human Rights Education Institute on December 10th, 2019. (I transcribed the music)

Children’s Music project – I started a new recording project involving children’s songs that I have written over the years. Ellie Holm, a 10 year old child prodigy is singing the songs. Last week we recorded four of the songs for the CD with the help of Dan Lewis, sound engineer and Gary Buettner who played guitar and ukulele on some of the tracks. The plan is to record 12 more songs and then design the cover artwork and get the CD distributed. There is a video on my Youtube.com channel of Ellie singing God Is Everywhere. 

Movie Reviews: Harriett, Jo Jo Rabbit, Midway – We’ve gone to several movies recently including Harriett, a bio of Harriett Tubman who bravely risked her life to cross over into the South many times to rescue black people from slavery.  Jo Jo Rabbit is a funny but sad movie about a 10 year old German Boy who is a member of the Hitler Youth and has an imaginary friend named Adolph Hitler. The movie takes place at the end of World War II as the chaos of the collapse of Germany and the realities of the holocaust finally reveals the horrors of Nazism.  Midway is a movie based on how America turned around the victories Japan had been enjoying at the battle of Midway when the Americans sank four Japanese Carriers, destroying Japanese naval superiority. The movie was historically accurate and the CGI made you feel like you were actually in the middle of the action flying a corsair off a carrier and attacking the Japanese fleet. The bravery of all the sailors and soldiers on all sides was unbelievable. 

Qualchan Opera - Give Me Five program - I am asking individuals to donate $5.00 or more, and asking businesses and organizations to donate $500 or more to fund the production and filming of my Qualchan Opera. You can see the 19 minute video pitch at this link https://www.fracturedatlas.org and then click on “donate” search for Qualchan Opera and then click on the video at the top of my Qualchan Opera page.  

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Gary A. Edwards Entertainment Blog 4/13/19 Qualchan Speech - Qualchan at EWU -  Book Review The Disappeared - Podcast   

Qualchan Speech – On March 8th, I gave a speech at the Iron Horse about the history of the conflict between the Yakama Nation and confederated tribes and the US Army and settlers, mostly from 1849 through September 1858. You can see the entire 50 minute speech at this link: https://youtu.be/DjRh5aZ3i7M 

Qualchan at EWU -There was be a performance of five songs from the Qualchan Opera at Eastern Washington University at the School of Music Building on April 5th, 2019. You can see the 26 minute video of the performance at this link:  https://youtu.be/ceTiCFYLfIo 

Give Me Five program, I just produced a short video explaining about my Give Me Five Campaign where I am asking individuals to  donate $5.00 or more, and asking businesses and organizations to donate $500 or more to fund the production and filming of my Qualchan Opera. You can see the 19 minute video pitch at this link https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=18525 and then click on the video at the top of my Qualchan Opera page. To donate to this non-profit fiscal sponsorship website, click on the button and be sure and do a searchfor the Qualchan Opera.  

Book Review - The Disappeared by CW Box – I have read every book in this series about a Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett who gets involved in solving complex criminal cases. The reading is very enjoyable. The author takes you right to the scenes involved and the heroes are credible and human and the villains are very evil, greedy people who have no conscientious.  

Remember to like and share this post, then go to www.EdwardsMusicSite.com and sign up as a fan to get my blog updates, movie, books and restaurant reviews and entertainment news.  

Podcast – To hear my 30 minute interview of April 5, 2019 on the KPBX classical music show with Vern Windham click on my podcast. 


Gary A. Edwards 

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