Dave Metzger is a composer, arranger, and orchestrator with a long track record of success. Among his strengths are his versatility, his exquisite attention to detail, and his ultimate dedication to being a “team player”. He's as at home composing broad lyrical music for a 100 piece symphony orchestra as he is laying down synth grooves for contemporary urban tracks. In addition, he has earned a reputation in the industry for his craftsmanship and efficiency. He orchestrates all of his own scores, and was the sole orchestrator on films such as Moana, Training Day, August Rush, Tarzan, Shooter, Brother Bear, Planes, all of which he also contributed additional compositions for. Dave has also worked on Broadway, receiving a Tony award nomination for his orchestration of Disney’s “The Lion King”, and recently orchestrating Disney's "Frozen."
Dave grew up in Corvallis, Oregon and began composing music in the 7th grade for his school choirs and jazz band. He received his degree in music from California State University at Long Beach, and did graduate work at UCLA. During this period he got his start in commercial music by working on promotional videos and the Ice Capades, as well as arranging for legendary jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson. In 1992 he began a five year stint as an arranger for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” during which time he contributed over 200 arrangements and compositions to the show.
In 1997 Dave developed a close working relationship with Grammy award-winning film composer Mark Mancina, and has arranged and orchestrated all of Mancina’s projects ever since. One of the early projects they worked on together was the Disney Broadway production of "The Lion King", directed by Julie Taymor, which won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1997. "The Lion King" continues to run on Broadway (it is currently the 3rd longest running and the highest grossing show in history), and has also had over 30 additional companies performing worldwide.
Through his work with Disney studios, he has had the pleasure of arranging music for artists such as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Phil Collins, Idina Menzel, Tina Turner, Elton John, Melissa Etheridge, John Legend, and others.
Dave’s client list began expanding in 2008, and now includes composers such as Alan Menken, John Powell, Hans Zimmer, Alan Silvestri, Christophe Beck, Henry Jackman, and others. In 2013 Dave was matched up with Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez to arrange and orchestrate the songs for the massive Disney hit "Frozen". The movie won the Academy Award for best Animated Feature Film, and the song "Let It Go" (performed by Idina Menzel) won for Best Song. The soundtrack from the album was #1 on the Billboard charts for 13 weeks, and sold more than 2.6 million copies. In addition, Dave also orchestrated a good portion of the score, composed by Christophe Beck.
Dave has always had a deep interest in music technology, and his state-of-the-art studio allows him to create high quality demos for directors and producers.
Dave was interviewed in 2011 for the film music blog “The Music Behind the Screen”, where he answered many commonly asked questions regarding film orchestration in todays world. If you are interested in checking it out, please click here.