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David Spear

David Spear is a composer and conductor. He began his career orchestrating many film scores for Elmer Bernstein including Animal House, Ghostbusters, Airplane and Heavy Metal. After his Broadway debut as Music Director of Merlin, the Magical Musical, Spear scored three Academy Award nominated films: Ballet Robotique, Rainbow War and The Courage to... See full bio »

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Ghostbusters Music Department
Airplane! Music Department
¡Three Amigos!
¡Three Amigos! Music Department
Heavy Metal
Heavy Metal Music Department


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 2016 Vanity of the Seas (composer: additional music) / (orchestrator)
 1996 Alaska (orchestrations)
 1993 Mad Dog and Glory (conductor - uncredited)
 1991 The Human Shield (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1988 Son of Dinosaurs (TV Movie documentary) (original music)
 1987 No Retreat, No Surrender 2 (conductor)
 1986 ¡Three Amigos! (orchestrator)
 1985 My Science Project (orchestrator)
 1983-1985 The Optimist (TV Series) (composer - 13 episodes)
- The Brush Off (1985) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Fool of the House of Esher (1985) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Double (1985) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Light Fantastic (1985) ... (composer: theme music)
- Turf Luck (1985) ... (composer: theme music)
 1984 Exterminator 2 (orchestrator)
 1984 Ghostbusters (orchestrator)
 1983 Good-bye Cruel World (composer: additional music - song "Life Is a Mammy-Jabber")
 1982 An Officer and a Gentleman (conductor - uncredited)
 1981 Kiss Daddy Goodbye (music performer)
 1981 Honky Tonk Freeway (orchestrator: Elmer Bernstein)
 1981 Heavy Metal (orchestrator)
 1981 Fear No Evil (conductor) / (orchestrator)
 1980 Airplane! (orchestrator)
 1979 The Great Santini (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1978 Bloodbrothers (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1978 Animal House (orchestrator - uncredited)
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