THE WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC (WBC) – 2006 was the inaugural year for Major League Baseball’s new quadrennial international baseball tournament. I was commissioned by MLB to create a symphonic theme to convey what was to be the Olympic character of that event. My score was played in WBC venues worldwide. The first WBC championship, between Japan and Cuba, took place at Petco Stadium, San Diego. For the championship pre-game ceremony, the San Diego Symphony performed my WBC theme (Parade of Flags) along with my symphonic arrangements of the Japanese, Cuban andAmerican national anthems. My score was revised for the 2009 WBC, and again, a symphony orchestra – this time, I conducted the Angel City Symphony at Dodger Stadium, LA as part of the pregame championship between Japan and Korea.
The 2012/2013 WBC had me create variations on my symphonic WBC with a rock band. The band included Anto Drennan (Mike & the Mechanics, Genesis, The Corrs) on guitars, Todd Turkisher (Davide Byrne, Ute Lemper) on drums, John Pattitucci (Wayne Shorter) on bass and Don Harris (Tower of Power) ontrumpets. The rock variationswere edited into a music library played during the broadcast of all WBC series gamesworldwide. The series culminated in a championship game between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic at ATT Field, San Francisco. There, I conducted members of the Oakland Symphony in a performance of a new variation of my WBC theme along with new arrangements of the American, Puerto Rican and Dominican anthems.
Here is my orchestral arrangement of the Star Spangled Banner, created for the World Baseball Classic:
And my symphonic theme for the World Baseball Classic featuring the Philharmonia Bulgarica with trumpets by Don Harris (Tower of Power) and additional percussion by Alfredo Alias (Average White Band, Cassandra Wilson, Busta Rhymes):
…and here is one of the rock pieces from the 2013 World Baseball Classic. The band included players from Mike & the Mechanics, David Byrne’s band, Wayne Shorter and Tower of Power:
4th AND GOAL is Nina Seavey’s story of six young men in their quest to join the most elite club in professional athletics: the NFL. Shot over six years, we first meet Deqawn, Albert, Gibril, Tim, Randy, and Bret at the famed junior college football program at City College in San Francisco. We follow them through the 2003 championship season to the top D1 collegiate teams in the nation and into their encounter with world of professional football. I was music supervisor for the score, bringing in Irish rockers Anto Drennan and Ken Kiernan to create and record it. I also contributed several cues, including “Push,” for rock band: