July 8, 1946 |
Jay Chattaway (born July 8, 1946) is an American composer of film and television scores. He is mainly known for his work as composer for several Star Trek television series: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise. The simple flute melody he composed for the TNG episode "The Inner Light" has been re-arranged for full orchestra and remains his best-known and most popular singular work.
At WVU Jay was also a member of many student organizations, including the Mountaineer Marching Band, Lambda Chi Alpha social fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi honorary band service fraternity, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia men's music social fraternity.
He was initiated into the Omicron Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at WVU on December 6, 1965, and is currently an alumni brother of the fraternity. His initiation into the Epsilon Sigma chapter of Phi Mu Alpha took place on March 1, 1965; the fraternity proudly considers him one of their many distinguished alumni.
He and some other young men from the music school, and local bassist Randy De Biase, formed a rock band called the Abductors in which he played trumpet.
Work in music
He was conscripted into the military while working on his graduate degree and joined the Navy Band, serving as the unit's chief arranger and composer. After his discharge from the Navy, Chattaway moved to New York City to write music. He later moved to Los Angeles to compose for film.
Chattaway is also well-known as an arranger of Big Band Charts for the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra during the 1970's, and he also composed or co-composed some of Maynard's hits, including "Conquistador", "Superbone Meets The Bad Man", and "Primal Scream".
Like his counterparts Brian May and Robert O. Ragland, Chattaway's film scores include music for films such as Maniac, Vigilante, The Last Fight, The Big Score, Walking the Edge, The Rosebud Beach Hotel, Missing in Action, Home Free All, Invasion U.S.A., Silver Bullet, Braddock: Missing in Action III, Maniac Cop, Jakarta, Red Scorpion, Relentless, Maniac Cop 2, The Ambulance, and Rich Girl.