Jay Chattaway

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Jay Chattaway
Born (1946-07-08) July 8, 1946 (age 70)
Monongahela, Pennsylvania
Genres Film score
Occupation(s) Film composer

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.[1] 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.

Early life[edit]

Chattaway was born in Monongahela, Pennsylvania and studied music at West Virginia University.

College career[edit]

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 became a regular member of a rhythm and blues band called the Abductors in which he played trumpet, wrote the musical scores, and was musical director..

Work in music[edit]

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 1970s, and he also composed or co-composed some of Ferguson's hits, including "Conquistador", "Superbone Meets the Bad Man", and "Primal Scream".

Chattaway's film scores include music for films such as Maniac (1980), Vigilante (1983), The Big Score (1983), Walking the Edge (1983), The Rosebud Beach Hotel (1984), Missing in Action (1984), Invasion U.S.A. (1985), Silver Bullet (1985), Braddock: Missing in Action III (1988), Maniac Cop (1988), Red Scorpion (1988), Relentless (1989), Maniac Cop 2 (1990), The Ambulance (1990), Rich Girl (1991), and Delta Force One: The Lost Patrol (2000).

Chattaway's original concert band compositions include Parade of the Tall Ships (concert march), Mazama (Legend Of The Pacific Northwest), Sailabration, and Windsong.


  1. ^ "Jay Chattaway". Star Trek Soundtracks. Retrieved January 28, 2006. 

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