ASMAC Executive Board Vice President
Ira’s music writing career began in 1979 when he began working for composer Joe Harnell on 2 concurrent T.V. series ‘Cliffhangers’ and The Incredible Hulk’ as a film music arranger/orchestrator. He has steadily worked since in the Motion Picture, Television, and Recording media for such composers as; Randy Newman, Lalo Schifrin, John Debney, Stanley Clarke, Lee Holdridge, and Michael Giacchino, among others.
His most recent credits include both orchestrating & conducting the scores to both ‘The Best Man’ & its sequel; ‘Best Man Holiday,’ Cars 2, Super 8, Prep & Landing 2, ‘John Carter,’ and BarberShop 3. More credits include: Undercover Brother, The Scorpion King, and the complete orchestral scores for all three of the Rush Hour movies as well as orchestrations on A Bug’s Life, and Toy Story 2. This project included the Sinatra style arrangement of the movie’s theme You’ve Got a Friend in Me by Randy Newman, sung by Robert Goulet recently re-recorded for the Toy Story Environmental Ride to open at Disney World Orlando, Fl. Spring 2018.
His career has also included arrangements for the 2009 Oscar telecast; arranging the strings for composer/bassist Stanley Clarke’s album ‘1, 2 To The Bass’; theatre projects, concert stage, and most recently ‘Reveille’ commissioned by the U.S. Army to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the founding of the West Point Military Academy & the 200tth anniversary of the West Point Band. The Music College of North Texas State University, Denton, Texas is honoring Mr. Hearshen with a concert devoted entirely to his music on 29 March of this year.