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

Edwards Music Site dot com update 7/6/2021  

This is to let you know what’s going on with my music activities. 

Mistaken Moves Movie: I scored the music for this feature length movie mystery film and shooting has finished. I was in touch with the director/writer Jimmy Cullors of Las Vegas and they had a great wrap party, he said. He is appointing me to the board of directors and we are discussing future film projects to work together, so the chances of using music I have already composed, including music with collaborators as well as new music are pretty good. 

Across Bank Street YouTube short video project: I helped with one shoot in Wallace, Idaho in June and had a few lines as an emergency doctor. We are scheduled for another shoot in the mountains outside Wallace on July 10th in which I have 3 pages of lines to shoot as the grim reaper. The shoots are great fun and I am meeting very interesting and talented new friends. One of my new friends is writing a book on Making Chinese Music which sounds very interesting to me. 

Qualchan & Whistalks Opera: I have had several Zoom meetings with Paula Newberry who is forming a new opera company in Memphis Tennessee and plans a premiere for the summer of 2022. She was scheduled to come to North Idaho for a few days starting today, but may have to postpone this trip due to some bad news she recently received. We’ll keep our fingers crossed. 

Mildred Bailey concert: I produced a show featuring Cee Cee Curtis from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe singing songs made famous about a hundred years ago by Mildred Bailey. Mildred was a Coeur d’Alene Tribal member also and had several number hit songs emanating from her work with the Paul Whiteman band on national radio. Her brother, Al Rinker was in a duo with a guy named Bing Crosby when they started their careers in their early 20’s and Bing gave Mildred full credit for starting his successful career to to her introduction of Bing to Paul Whiteman who hired him as a singer. This concert is scheduled for July 8th, 2021 at the outdoor Riverstone Amphitheater in. Coeur d’Alene from 6 to 8 pm. National guitar fingerpicking champion Steve King will be leading the instrumental trio backup swing band. 

On July 7th I am featured on a podcast from the Kootenai Arts & Culture Alliance and some of my music will be broadcast on this show, including music from my music CD Wataino inspired by Puerto Rican Taino Indian tribe who were the original inhabitants of Puerto Rico until the Spaniards arrived. My co-writer Orlondo Sanchez is getting a great band together and planning on performing music from this CD. I have heard and seen videos of the band rehearsing the songs and they sound great after rehearsing only two times. 

An agent for a Cuban band lead by Kiki Perez named Nino Mutaca has invited me to go with him on a music cultural to Cuban and I agreed and am excited and hopeful that the trip will come off soon and we can go to Cuba and listen to many great Cuban musical groups performing great music in that isolated country. 

I have composed many bilingual songs in Spanish and English over the years and finally found a Cuban-American singer named Ivana Cespedes who can do my songs justice in English and Spanish. I am attaching the latest of five songs we have finished mixing and three more are in the can. There is a huge Spanish speaking population in the country that makes up a tremendous pool of potential fans so I am hoping to bridge the gap between the Spanish and English cultures and promote mutual understanding and helping in the transition to an even more multi-cultural society in this country. 

So, thank you again for your support for the team. 

Stay well, 

Gary Edwards 



Gary A. Edwards Music Update 5/6/2021   

Hello. I hope you’re enjoying fine spring weather. We are completely inoculated against the Coronavirus and have been resuming in-person activities such as going to church and occasional dining out. Here’s the latest news. 

Jimmy Cullors told me that he has finished shooting the movie Mistaken Moves in Las Vegas and will be editing it shortly. He had previously told me that he had tentatively accepted about 50 pieces of my original music for the soundtrack so I am very excited to see how that turns out. 

I received word from the Memphis Musicians Union that they are happy to hear that I am working with Paula Newberry as she establishes her Rainbow Opera Company and that we are going to premiere my opera Qualchan and Whistalks. The plan now is to get grants and donations and we are brainstorming when and where to produce the opera, depending on how the fundraising turns out. 

My new CD Spanglish is coming along quite well. My singer, Cuban-American Ivana Cespedes has recorded three of my original bilingual songs including Estaré Allí, Steppin’ Out and The Gypsy Tango Rock. She is currently getting ready to record a fourth song I wrote called El Gabacho Habla Español. This is a funny song about four instances when people made disparaging comments about me before they realized I could speak Spanish.  

For instance, I was flirting with a very pretty young girl on a bus in Chile one time when the conductor told me I had to move to my assigned seat. I told him “No comprendo.” He finally gave up and went away and I proceeded to flirt fluently with the young lady who appreciated my subterfuge. She told me she had been in a mass demonstration in Santiago, Chile the day before protesting Yankee imperialism. I made a date with her for later, but had to stand her up, so I’m sure that reinforced her hatred of gringos. 

Anyway, I have enough bilingual songs that I will probably make one CD that is serious and romantic and another CD that contains songs with Spanish jokes and puns. 

This Sunday is Mother’s Day and the Unity Church with Julie Croteau as music director will be featuring 11 year old Ellie singing two children’s songs I wrote; Happy Mother’s Day and God Is Everywhere. You can tune in the livestream service at UnityCenter.org and watch. 

Happy May everyone. 

Gary A. Edwards

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.

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