Shortly after his brother Charles had formed his first movie company, Richard decided to take a break from music and began to work as an assistant director on some of his films. He then went from assistant director to production manager, to associate producer and finally producer on over 13 films.
Not content but now equipped with an a great deal of movie production experience, in 1977 Richard left the film business entirely and took an extended holiday in Europe to “get back to his roots”. Missing music, he soon put two and two together and realized that he could perhaps marry his love for both films and music by creating music for films. Just a few months later Richard and his friend, Joel Goldsmith (son of famed film composer Jerry Goldsmith), approached Irwin Yablans at Compass International Distributors (HALLOWEEN) and asked for the opportunity to score a film. After much discussion they were given $1000.00 to create the score for the 1978 film LASERBLAST that heralded his and Joel’s debut as film composers.
Richard has since gone on to score over 75 feature films and many television productions including multiple episodes of STARGATE SG-1, WALKER: TEXAS RANGER and Disney's SING ME A STORY series. Richard has also composed the music for more than 10 interactive computer/video games over the years and has over 30 soundtracks that have been released of his film works.
Recently Richard received a “BEST ORIGINAL SCORE” Emmy nomination in 2006 for his score to the Showtime series “MASTERS OF HORROR” episode “DREAMS IN THE WITCH HOUSE”. This was his seventh collaboration with acclaimed director Stuart Gordon. Amongst numerous other awards over the years, his 1986 score for the movie FROM BEYOND won best Original Soundtrack at the Catalonian International Film Festival in Sitges, Spain beating out such heavyweights scores from ALIENS to STAR TREK and BLUE VELVET.
Richard has also scored many documentaries including the award-winning series’ MOST DECORATED, BRUTE FORCE and WEAPONS OF WAR and has also contributed much music to other series’ like THE REAL WEST, CIVIL WAR JOURNALS and BIOGRAPHIES. Amongst various television specials for which Band has composed music was the acclaimed Final tribute to NBC's THE BILL COSBY SHOW.