Richard Band

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Richard Band
Birth nameRichard Howard Band
Born Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Film score
Occupation(s) Composer
Instruments Guitar, synthesizer
Years active1978–present

Richard Howard Band is an American composer of film music. He has scored more than 140 projects, including From Beyond , which won the award for Best Original Soundtrack at the Sitges Film Festival. Lately he scored Exorcism at 60,000 Feet (2020) and Necropolis: Legion (2019).


Life and career

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 musician Alex Band. [1]

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

His score for Stuart Gordon's 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]

He scored several of 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".

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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