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Biography

Award winning film and television composer, recording artist and conductor John Beal’s music has been featured on the President of the United States of America's AIR FORCE ONE. John has scored 35 theatrical or television films and documentaries, 26 major network television series or specials, and has been music director/music consultant for over 20 major network specials. Before his film career, John was music director, arranger and performer with stars that include Olivia Newton-John, Johnny Mathis, Gladys Knight, Captain & Tennille, Phyllis Diller, B.B. King and many more.

John’s hit television shows include Chicago Story, Vega$, Good Time Girls, Eight Is Enough, Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley.

In the 1970's, John began working with his mentor, Hollywood's movie-advertising pioneer Andrew J. Kuehn, whose creative mastery revolutionized the motion picture trailer. John was part of the ground-breaking creation of today's definitive contemporary motion picture trailer format and is recognized throughout the industry as the composer who defined its musical style and template. Their creative teaming on trailers lasted more than two decades.

Requested by every major motion picture studio to compose original scores for marketing their films, John Beal's trailer music has been heard by more moviegoers than that of many feature film composers. With over 500 theatrical campaigns and 2,000 commercials for films, including forty of the top grossing films of all time, such as The Matrix, The Last Samurai, Titanic, Forrest Gump, Aladdin, Braveheart, The Mask of Zorro, Patriot Games, JFK, Star Wars, True Lies and many more, the success of movie campaigns to which John Beal has contributed original music is literally measured in hundreds of billions of dollars.

An accomplished conductor, John has led major orchestras in nearly every state in the U.S. from Alaska to Washington, as well as in the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Okinawa, Philippines and Thailand.

John's career also includes work as composer, music producer and creative consultant for over 35 national advertisers, including Intel, MCI, Microsoft, FlexJet, Dr. Pepper, Apple, Ben & Jerry's and NASDAQ. Other clients include Arista, Buena Vista, Columbia/TriStar Pictures, Elektra/Asylum, Miramax Films, MGM, New Line Cinema, Fine Line Cinema, Paramount Pictures, Rastar Films, Regent Media, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox Movie Channel, FX, Kaleidoscope, Aspect Ratio, The Cimarron Group, Celluloid Heroes, Creative Domain, Intralink, Walt Disney Imagineering for Disneyland and Walt Disney World in Florida.

John’s industry honors include two Key Art awards, two Golden Trailer awards, two trailer awards from Hollywood.com, a Golden Score Award, Film Music Critics Award, two Readers Choice awards, Moviescore Online award, and recognition for his contribution to multiple Emmy awards.

John Beal served as General Manager of the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra and is now its television and concert producer, and is President of Reeltime Music Incorporated. He is married to Helene Nielsen Beal, Director of U.S. Theatrical Distribution for Regent Releasing.

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