Richard Band

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Richard Band
Birth nameRichard Howard Band
Born (1953-12-28) December 28, 1953 (age 65)
Los Angeles, California, United States
GenresFilm score
InstrumentsGuitar, synthesizer
Years active1978–present

Richard Howard Band (born December 28, 1953) is an American composer of film music. He has scored more than 85 films, including From Beyond, which won the award for Best Original Soundtrack at the Sitges - Catalan International Film Festival.

Life and career[edit]

Band was born in Los Angeles, California. He is the son of the film director/producer Albert Band, the brother of director/distributor Charles Band, and the uncle of Alex Band.[1]

Since the late 1970s Band has been composing film music for horror and science fiction films regularly. His first notable score was for 1977's Laserblast, which he co-composed with Joel Goldsmith.

He scored Gordon's subsequent films such as The Pit and the Pendulum and 1995’s Castle Freak, the later of which featured some inventive writing for a string quartet. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for Gordon's Master of Horror episode "Dreams in the Witch House".

His score for Re-Animator was lauded by the magazine Music From the Movies, which said, "Band’s music is dark and direct, creating an intense and eerie atmosphere, but always with a humorous touch.... Surely, Richard Band is unquestionably one of the most underrated composers in the film business."[2]

Since 2000, Band has done fewer films, though he has scored many episodes of such television shows as Stargate SG-1, Walker: Texas Ranger. He also developed the campaign music for many shows on the WB, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Smallville.[3]



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