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Dave Pierce (born October 24, 1972 in Drayton Valley, Alberta, Canada) is a Canadian songwriter, composer, producer, arranger, orchestrator. Pierce was the Music Director for the Opening, Closing, and Victory ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, for which he received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction; arranger/orchestrator for Twyla Tharp's Frank Sinatra musical, Come Fly Away (opened March 2010) in New York on Broadway and now opening as "Sinatra Dance With Me" at the Wynn in Las Vegas; and music director of the Calgary Stampede Evening Grandstand Show. Pierce was the Musical Director of the 2009 Gemini Awards television show in Canada. He is father of two daughters.
Pierce has worked with a variety of performers, including Michael Bublé, Loreena McKennitt, Petula Clark, Carrie Underwood, Paul Brandt, Ian Tyson, Jann Arden, Jorane, Bryan Adams, Sarah McLachlan, Nelly Furtado and k.d. lang. Pierce was commissioned to compose a symphonic work for Queen Elizabeth II.
An alumnus of Boston's Berklee College of Music (1992), Pierce returned to his native Canada and began working with legendary entertainment producers developing many successful projects including Radio City Music Hall's Christmas Spectacular in New York City featuring The Rockettes, Grey Cup half time shows for the Canadian Football League, television awards shows including Canada's Gemini Awards and The ACMA's in USA. His scores accompany fireworks spectacles in USA, Canada and Mexico, and theatrical Broadway musicals internationally.
His extensive credits range from musical theater, sporting and cultural events to commercial recordings and live mega spectacles. As an orchestrator, Pierce has adapted scores for hit Broadway National Tours including Chicago; The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber Concert Tour, Thoroughly Modern Millie, 42nd Street, Crazy for You, Dr. Dolittle, and Annie Get Your Gun. His compositions and musical direction are a mainstay of the Calgary Stampede's nightly Grandstand Show and Firework Symphony where each year he produces the performance, composes and conducts a new ninety-minute score performed by a cast of five hundred.
The stars of Cirque du Soleil perform their acts to Pierce's compositions throughout the world. Clients include ABC, CBS, Madison Square Garden, 19 Entertainment, Macy's Parade, Arista Records, Tropicana Resorts, ClearChannel Europe, Disney, Bayer, Fashion Television, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Troika Entertainment, The Government of Canada, BMG and Universal Music. He regularly works in all major markets; New York, L.A., Nashville, Chicago, Toronto and Vancouver.
Dave Pierce was the Director of Music for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. His compositions were used as the underpinning of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies as well as the daily medals presentations. His controversial arrangement of the Canadian national anthem "O Canada" as performed at the Opening Ceremony of February 12, 2010 created a nationwide media frenzy where Canadians either strongly loved or hated the arrangement, with little room being occupied in the middle. For a nation who rarely publicly announced patriotic sentiment, Pierce's arrangement sparked a conversation about the anthem that had never before been heard in forums from the National media to Canadians gathered around the kitchen table.
Pierce produced the CD Sounds of Vancouver 2010: Opening Ceremony Commemorative Album which sold Gold, he also produced Sounds of Vancouver 2010: Closing Ceremony Commemorative Album. Each CD features artists from the ceremonies including Bryan Adams, Nelly Furtado, k-os, Michael Bublé, Sarah McLachlan, Nickelback, Alanis Morissette, Donald Sutherland, Garou, and opera singers Measha Brueggergosman and Ben Heppner. One pre-recorded segment featuring a performance of Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings was conducted in the studio by ballet maestro Earl Stafford, otherwise Pierce conducted all of the recording orchestras as well as the Opening Ceremony live on-stage orchestra (known as the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Orchestra, per the album). Pierce utilized a unique approach to producing the recordings for the Games which employed over 300 musicians and provided a cross-genre score that included Canadian indigenous musicians, symphonic instrumentalists and players from the worlds of jazz, punk, rock, R&B, folk and country.
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