Harold Wheeler (born July 14, 1943) is an orchestrator, composer, conductor, arranger, record producer, and music director. He has received numerous Tony Award and Drama Desk Award nominations for orchestration, and won the 2003 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Orchestrations for . Hairspray
Wheeler first worked in the 1960s as the musical director for
Burt Bacharach making him the first African-American MD of a major pop act. He also was doing arranging for Tony Orlando and Nina Simone during that time. He was named Music Conductor for the 76th Academy Awards, becoming only the second African-American conductor in the Academy's history. He also was a music arranger on the 79th Academy Awards. Wheeler was one of two conductors (the others being fellow composers John Williams and Paul Shaffer) during the closing ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics.
Wheeler was the musical director on the
ABC Network show, for the shows first 17 seasons. Dancing with the Stars In January 2014, it was announced that former [1 ] bandleader American Idol Ray Chew would take over as musical director for the shows 18th season.
In 2008, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the
NAACP Theatre Awards.
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He is married to television, Broadway, and movie performer
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With Bernard Purdie
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