DUANE L. TATRO, a native of Van Nuys, California, has composed extensively for television and film as well as writing live concert media works for orchestra, wind ensemble, chamber ensembles, and electronic instruments. In his early career, he worked professionally as an instrumentalist; playing clarinet, saxophone and bassoon.
His film and television credits include: Hotel, Dynasty, Loveboat, Matt Houston, Glitter, Hawaii Five-O, Barnaby Jones, Tales of the Unexpected, Most Wanted, Super Star, Manhunter, Cannon, Streets of San Francisco, Cades County, M.A.S.H., Mission Impossible, Mannix, Australia, A Timeless Land, and many Movies of the Week.
Mr. Tatro has participated in Meet the Composer programs at both San Diego and New Mexico State Universities, where he lectured on 20th Century music and composing for films.
His concert works include:
“Concerto for Amp. Guitar and Chamber Orchestra”, which premiered at Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History (1977), Charles Blackman, Conductor.
“Fanfare”, (scored for wind ensemble, identical to Handel’s original “Fireworks Music” ensemble), commissioned by the International Double Reed Society and premiered at its 1975 conference
“Sextet”, premiered at the American College Composers Conference, San Diego State University (1981), David Ward Steinman, Conductor.
“Serenade and Aubade”, for string orchestra, premiered (1981), Southeast Symphony, Charles Blackman, Conductor.
“Lyric Fugue and Passacaglia”, for strings, premiered (1982), Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, Jerome Kessler, Conductor.
“Tuba Quartet”, (1989) performed by the Los Angeles Tuba Quartet.
“Fantasia”, for concert band, premiered at the Society of Composers, Inc. Conference, University of Hawaii (1999), Grant Okamura, Director, “Untitled Lament” for Mixed Chorus and Chamber Orchestra (1999).
“Capriccio” for flute, viola, harp (2000)
Mr Tatro studied with composers Arthurs Honegger, Darius Mihaud, Halsey Stevens, and George Tremblay. He received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Southern California, with additional studies in Paris France. He is listed in the International Who’s Who in Music (1975), the Encyclopedia of Jazz (1955), and the Dictionary of International Biography (1976).