Dave Slonaker

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Dave Slonaker is a film and TV orchestrator, arranger, and composer and leader of the Dave Slonaker Big Band. He has orchestrated and arranged for many Hollywood composers including John Addison, David Bell, Steve Bramson, Bruce Broughton, Danny Elfman, Joel McNeely, Alan Silvestri, Larry Rosenthal, and many others. Film credits include orchestration for many popular films including Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Justice League, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Oz the Great and Powerful, Alice in Wonderland, Spider-Man, Night at the Museum, Air Force One, Sleepy Hollow, and The Mummy Returns. He has also orchestrated, arranged, and composed music for TV and animation including Jag, Murder, She Wrote, and the Tiny Toons Adventures cartoon series.

Equally at home in all styles of music, he formed the Dave Slonaker Big Band in 2012 to perform his jazz compositions and arrangements, gaining a GRAMMY® nomination in 2013 for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, Intrada. His music has also been performed by Clark Terry, and the Woody Herman and Count Basie Jazz Orchestras.

Dave worked for many years as a freelance trombonist and was the Instructor of Low Brass at the State University of New York in Geneseo, New York. He has composed and arranged for brass and wind ensembles.

Believing that passing the craft of composing and arranging to a new generation is an important part of being an artist, Dave has taught or given master classes at USC, the Eastman School of Music, the ASCAP Television & Film Scoring Workshop, the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers (ASMAC), and the Los Angeles Ravel Orchestral Study Group.
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