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Graduate Joe Trapanese composes for new web film project “The Bannen Way” and other projects

January 7th, 2010 · 8 Comments

Joseph Trapanese, a recent Music Department composition graduate–has been busier than usual lately in his film composition career. He sends us this info:

“I composed and produced the music for this web series which will soon be available on DVD as a feature film. Also proud to announce Sony has released my soundtrack on iTunes! Thanks to creators Jesse Warren and Mark Gantt for this great opportunity, I am thankful to have had the support of dozens of tremendous people on this project. The AP story about the project is at:

The trailer is available at Sony’s Crackle web site-

Listen (iTunes)

Behind the Scenes (YouTube)

A REQUEST…. I’m up for a big award for this web series, but need your help!
The Streamy Awards are respected by the industry as the web’s equivalent to the Emmy Awards. Nominations are based primarily on popularity, and if you enjoy the music, please do vote! Here is all the info you need-

1. Click here-
2. MAKE SURE TO SELECT “Best Original Music” in the drop down menu (the very bottom option of course!)
3. Enter-
Joseph Trapanese
The Bannen Way

That’s it! You will have helped tremendously- thank you!

Other projects:

Ensemble Green concert this Saturday evening (1/9/10) at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music features “Three Pieces for Sextet”
I wrote this piece in 2004 for eighth blackbird and Yale’s Contemporary Music Workshop. I am honored it will be featured on Ensemble Green’s inaugural concert of 2010!

And a few more from 2009….

-Orchestrated the season finale of Showtime’s DEXTER, the most-watched series episode ever for the network! (and 54% higher than last season’s finale, which I also worked on as orchestrator and… onscreen as the wedding trombone player!)

Dan Licht’s music for the series has become one of the most iconic and influential aspects of this popular series, and I have been proud to be a part of the music team since the third season! Other than the moving music for the shocking ending, Dan also created a new arrangement of the Blood Theme which I had been looking forward to working on ever since joining the music department of the show!

-I had the pleasure of arranging an extended action sequence with composer Christophe Beck for Chris Columbus’s upcoming film THE LIGHTNING THIEF: PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS. Coming out President’s Day, it looks amazing!

-I’m honored to have contributed orchestrations to Lisbeth Scott’s new album HOPE IS A THING-
“Waiting Room” and “Hallelujah” (though the whole album is fantastic!)

-Was given the tremendous opportunity to orchestrate composer Mateo Messina’s Twelfth (!) Symphony, SYMPHONY OF THE SUPERHERO. Mateo raised over a hundred thousand dollars for the Seattle Children’s Hospital through it’s premiere this past November in Seattle’s Benaroya Hall! Later that month had the pleasure of traveling to Europe to conduct excerpts of the symphony with the Slovak National Symphony in a recording for Sony’s Extreme Music Library.
Video excerpt of session-

-Took part in the 2009 ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis. Thanks to Mike, Jenn, Richard, and all of ASCAP for changing my life! What an incredible experience.
mp3 from session here-

-In addition to writing music for many wonderful independent and student films, I composed the music for the independent documentary BEYOND LIMITS narrated by Michael Clarke Duncan. It is an inspiring story about a man with cerebral palsy who climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for a new center for children with disabilities.

And finally (timpani roll please…) —- a brand spankin’ new website!

Tags: Composers · Composition · Composition · Faculty · School of Music

8 responses so far ↓

  • Wedding Planner // Jun 3, 2010 at 9:00 am

    You are a gifted musician composer. I watched the you tube videos. What a great opportunity to work with the Slovak National orchestra.
    I am always searching for music for the weddings I plan.

  • nigel7725 // Jul 31, 2010 at 5:44 am

    Great work. I can see it been used for tropical weddings.

  • McKenna // Aug 14, 2010 at 12:20 am

    You are truly talented and gifted. I enjoyed the youtube videos and would love to see your work included in beach theme wedding ceremonies.

  • DawnSmith // Jan 3, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    I only wish I could be as talented as you, it sounds like you live an extraordinary life. Well in time if I keep hard at it maybe I can be. It’s not a chore, I love music and everything to do with music.

  • playhouseplans // Mar 10, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Congratulations Joe. I know how much work you have put in to get to this position. You are an inspiration to the rest of us. Well done.

  • styla786 // Mar 18, 2011 at 5:56 am

    Slovak National Symphony performance was best!!!

    Hope to see some more of action like this…

  • codyfelton // May 26, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Indeed a very talented person! Hope to hear more of his compositions.


    Cody Felton

  • codyfelton // May 29, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Are there any new compositions by Joe?
    Let me know!