Richard Band was born in Los Angeles on December 28, 1953. He is the son of film producer-director-writer Albert Band (THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE – screen adaptation), brother to producer-distributor Charles Band (Empire Pictures & Full Moon) and uncle to young rock star Alex Band of the rock group ‘The Calling’. When Richard was five years of age the Band family moved to Sweden so that Albert, following his years working with John Huston, could direct and produce the film FACE OF FIRE (James Whitmore, Theodore Bikel). Subsequently the family moved on to Paris for a year where Richard upon returning from school would on an almost daily basis conduct Beethoven’s 5th and 9th symphonies while standing on the dining room table listening to the music on an old Telefunkin phonograph. In late 1959 the family then moved to Rome, which was rapidly becoming the "Hollywood of Europe" where the family remained for the next 11 years.
One night in 1963 on a location shoot in Madrid, Spain, Richard fell even more in love with music than he already was. Having been mesmerized by the masterful guitar playing at a flamenco show, Richard went out the following morning and bought his own first guitar. About a year thereafter and after teaching himself to play, the young teenager began playing professional jobs in and around Rome. About a year after that, Richard was forming his own bands and began touring around Italy accompanied by four adult musicians. At age 17, after having toured around most of Italy and Europe, Richard had already achieved an incredible amount of success and then in 1970, returned to the United States. Not wanting to be a "rock & roll" star like almost every other musician in Los Angeles at the time, Richard realized if he wanted to remain in music, he would have to begin studying music more seriously. Richard began his formal music studies at the Immaculate Heart College in 1972, and later studied privately with John Ringgold and composer Dorrance Stalvey of the famous "Monday Evening Concerts."
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.
A Return To Music
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.
Features and Television
Richard has since gone on to score over 84 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 48 soundtracks that have been released of his film works.
Richard’s experience over the years has brought him to record over 25 film scores with internationally renowned orchestras such as THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, THE LONDON SYMPHONY and THE ROME PHILHARMONIC. He has also had his music recorded in Prague, Romania, Croatia and Munich. In more recent years, Richard has also enjoyed scoring a variety of family and comedy films for Viacom and Paramount Pictures as well as hundreds of animated vignettes for the WB kid's network all of which were scored with orchestra. Between 1998 and 2006 Richard was also responsible for scoring the music for the WB Network promotional departments which included a great deal of original music for their Primetime shows.
Some of these included the campaign music for “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Seventh Heaven”, “Dawson’s Creek”, “Charmed”, “Smallville”, “Gilmore Girls” and “Birds of Prey”. His musical talents can also be heard on miscellaneous amusement park rides including ALIENS - THE RIDE as well as several Vegas venues. Among the many interactive games Richard has scored the music for STAR TREK, WATERWORLD, CASPER, STONEKEEP, DECENT UNDER MOUNTAIN, CLAYFIGHTER and INVICTUS: THE SHADOW OF OLYMPUS.
Amongst various awards, 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 eighth collaboration with acclaimed director Stuart Gordon. It was certainly no surprise when in 2009 he won the lifetime achievement award in music from the H.P Lovecraft Film Society. 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 well over a hundred 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. More recently his music was greatly received for the award winning documentary A Safe Haven: The Warsaw Zoo. In 2015 he also composed music for the National Park Service which can be heard in the introductory documentaries in many of our National Parks.
Richard presently continues to work on many different projects including having developed (along with two partners) a specialized online music production library for films and television under the name of BIG SCORE MUSIC LIBRARY. The library formally launched in mid 2006 at the National American Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas and in addition to his own music, includes music from at least 85 other internationally well know film & TV composers. The library now boasts more that eight thousand selections in its repertoire.
Richard presently is working on the film "Nightmare Cinema" for directors Joe Dante and Mick Garris which is due for release in 2018'.