Andre Knecht

André Knecht was born in Switzerland in 1959. His academic and professional background include Electronic Music studies at Padua University, Italy, and a 7-year stint as a Sound Designer, Recording Engineer, Music Supervisor and composer with the Swiss Broadcasting Company (SSR), where he also hosted both radio and TV shows. In 1983 he moved to California where he began a twin-track career in audio engineering and marketing at Warner Bros. Records. With a solid grounding in analog technologies, he embraced the digital era at its dawn – adopting MIDI and Digital Audio Workstations as they first appeared. (A Pro Tools user since v1.0, he still makes use of his beloved Moogs and Studers, etc.) Today, he is active as a freelance engineer and producer, as well as a consultant, instructor, beta-tester, and technical editor for book projects in the audio field. Andre Knecht is happily married and teaches many of the classes in the Producer Department that require his mastery of all things audio technical.

Andrew Murdoch

Andrew Murdock, also known as Mudrock, is an American record producer specializing in the rock and metal genres. He is perhaps best known for producing Godsmack’s Godsmack andAwake albums. More recently, he has produced successful American metal band Avenged Sevenfold’s 2nd album Waking the Fallen, as well as albums for Slunt, The Riverboat Gamblers, Powerman 5000, Eighteen Visions, Unloco and Alice Cooper, as well as 50 Foot Wave’s latest EP, Power and Light. Mudrock is based in Los Angeles and has his own studio in partnership with Scott Gilman called The Hobby Shop, and he teaches the Audio Engineering Courses at LACM.

Mark Browne

Bassist, producer, and composer Mark Browne has played with Melissa Etheridge, Paula Cole, Emmylou Harris, Philip Sayce, Chrissie Hynde, Sarah McLachlan, Lily Wilson, k.d. lang, George Michael, Patty Griffin, Sheryl Crow, Wynonna, Beth Thornley, Neil Finn, Joan Osborne, The Dixie Chicks, Billy Idol, Dolly Parton, Lindsay Buckingham, Mark Goldenberg, Gloria Estefan, Chaka Khan, Rufus Wainright, Donna Delory, Mary J. Blige, Jewel, Garth Brooks, Cindy Lauper, Destiny’s Child, Pat Benatar, Simple Minds, Anne and Nancy Wilson, Ichiro, and Vonda Sheppard.

Dave Beyer

Dave Beyer is an in-demand professional drummer and educator in the Los Angeles area. He has toured, performed live and/or recorded with such artists as Melissa Etheridge, Christopher Cross, Jim Messina, The Motels, Wilson Phillips, America, Jewel, Joan Osborne, Gregg Allman, Michael McDonald, Loggins & Messina, Stephen Bishop, Buzzy Feiten, Jango and Debra Davis.

Dave is currently touring and recording with Christopher Cross, and played on the recently released in-concert DVD, “Christopher Cross: A Night in Paris.” Dave is also on Cross’s new CD, “Dr. Faith,” as well as the “30 Rock” Soundtrack and “Café Carlyle Sessions.” Dave is also tours with Wilson Phillips and Jim Messina. Dave has performed at major venues worldwide, including the Greek Theater, Universal Amphitheater, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Woodstock, Madison Square Garden and Royal Albert Hall.

Dave also stays busy as a studio musician, and as a producer who runs his own studio, Beyer Recording. He has played on such TV shows as 30 Rock, The Tonight Show, Late Night With David Letterman, Extreme Home Makeover and Ally McBeal; films including Princess Diaries II and Happy Endings; as well as numerous TV spots and commercial jingles. Dave has also written for Modern Drummer magazine.

Lynn Fanelli

Lynn Fanelli began her singing career at the tender age of 5 years old when she performed with her father on his record release. She has recorded and toured with Delaney Bramlett, who taught George Harrison to play slide guitar and Eric Clapton to sing and produced Clapton’s first album. She was on staff with record producer Ray Ruff at Oak Records, recording and arranging vocals for all of their country artists. While with this label, she sang background vocals and created vocal arrangements for Pat Boone’s CD Ready to Rock, among others. She toured with movie actress Connie Stevens, sang with The National In Choir on the Oasis CD Dig Out Your Soul in 2008. She has toured, recorded and/or performed with Hal David, Jon Bon Jovi, Wild Cherry, Terry Ilous, Spencer Davis, Percy Sledge, Deniece Williams, Billy Paul and Taste of Honey, among many others. She has recorded with many renowned producers, among them Jim Steinman (Meatloaf) and Giorgio Moroder (Blondie) and David Briggs (Neil Young). Her voice has been heard on national jingles and television and movie soundtracks such as Nickelodeon, Melrose Place, Days of Our Lives, and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, among others. Most recently, Lynn performed with Jackie DeShannon on the heels of DeShannon’s 2010 induction into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. She was on board in the vocal section for DeShannon’s recorded performance for the Grammy archives in 2012.

Peter Boskovich

We asked LACM alumni and current LACM instructor Peter Boskovich to answer a few questions about his role at LACM and what it was like studying at the school in Los Angeles. He also offers some great advice and tips for any music student or individual thinking of pursuing their music degree.

2. You attended LACM, and graduated from the bass department. When was that and can you tell us more about your experience? 

Graduated 2004. My experience in the bass department and as a student in general was a very special one. I was fortunate to be surrounded by other very eager and determined students who pushed and inspired me to give it my all to tackle the curriculum and absorb the information as quickly as I could. I remember the atmosphere of ‘friendly competition’ that drove us to play our best in every class. By the end of my enrollment I can honestly say I was ready to get out and start gigging, although I have had a few bruises and bumps along the way, but overall I felt prepared. I’ve played with many players all over the city coming from all over the world and I couldn’t have done it without the preparation I received at LACM.

3. What advice do you have for young musicians looking to get their music degree at LACM?

Don’t hesitate for one, and when you decide to commit to this institution as your place of learning, give it more than 110% like I did and you won’t regret a thing. I still work with many of the dear friends I met as a student while at LACM and continue to grow as a musician in the many professional settings afforded me by them. The musical circles I work in all have many ties to the school even though the musicians might not have studied here. LACM is a great stepping-stone to get out into the city and start making musical relationships. Also, it is important that you learn how you absorb information while in school, as we all learn in different ways. I feel the curriculum along with the ensemble workshops are structured in a way that allows each student both the time and varied situations to absorb the material in ways that accommodate their levels of understanding.

4. What is the best part about studying music in Los Angeles?  

It’s LA man! Come one. I love this city with all of its diversity and varied cultural offerings. There is no excuse for boredom in a town like this. World-class players left and right, and myriad of venues in which to do so. You can find inspiration any night of the week with all that is going on musically in this town.

5. Why did you start playing music? 

I started playing music because I hated football so much.  It was exhausting and it hurt a lot when I’d get leveled on the field.  Music was much nicer, and I was much better at it.  You also don’t have to wear those funny uniforms and instead get to look cool in front of a lot of people.

6. Tell us about your current musical projects etc.:

I’m actively gigging as a sideman in several jazz trio’s and quartets at the moment. I have a project called Splice The Mainbrace with fellow teacher/instructor Jackson Allen that has started to play out. We are both very excited about it and feel it an honest representation of our musical tastes and ambitions at the moment.  

I am also (and this might sound strange) working on an album of my own original tunes with me singing while playing chordal accompaniment on the bass. I’ve explored chordal approaches to bass playing, and have also developed a deep appreciation for the songwriting idiom. Between these two projects, and an endless list of things to practice and prepare for, I’m very excited about life and where it might take me.

Tim Curle

Tim’s training began in Newark, Ohio at the age of five. His early influences included everything from Folk, Jazz, R&B, and pop, to the great Ohio State Marching Band. After a move to Southern Oregon, he continued studies in drum set, classical, and marching percussion eventually winning several awards including two consecutive state solo contests. Tim then attended the University of Oregon (BM) studying percussion and drum set with Professor Charles Dowd, was section leader of the Oregon Marching Band Drumline, and a member of the Green Garter Band. He continued post graduate studies at the University of Southern California (MM) with Professor Eric Forrester and Ndugu Chancellor. Tim went on to perform for audiences throughout the world as percussionist with grammy nominated artist Josh Groban. He has also performed and/or recorded with Herbie Hancock, Elton John, David Foster, Chris Botti, Angelique Kidjo, Ashley Maher, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Andre Manga, Gary Novak, Bakithi Kumalo, Lucia Micarelli, John Williams, Joshua Bell, Angie Stone, and Bela Fleck. Tim performs on four Josh Groban DVD concert recordings including “An Evening in New York”, “Awake”, “Live at the Greek”, and “Josh Groban Live in Concert”. Film and television recordings include “NCIS”, “JAG”, “The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio” (Dreamworks), “Andy Richter Controls the Universe” (Fox), and “Lucky” (FX). Television appearances include PBS “Soundstage”, Sundance Channel “Live from Abbey Road”, Good Morning America, The American Music Awards, The Tonight Show, Conan O’ Brian, and Ellen. Tim is on faculty at the Los Angeles College of Music teaching drum set and percussion. He is currently touring with the band “Incendio” in support of their new CD “The Shape of Dreams” performing concerts throughout the U.S. Tim plays Taye Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, L.P. Percussion, Yamaha timpani, Roland V-Drums, REMO Drumheads, and Vic Firth sticks and mallets.

Matt Piper

Well-known among music software nerds for his work with Propellerhead Reason music production software, Matt Piper is the author of Reason 4 Ignite and Using Reason’s Virtual Instruments. More recently, he has been authoring video courses for LinkedIn Learning, and working with effects pedal/synth module manufacturer Strymon. During his four years as Propellerhead Product Specialist for Line 6, Piper conducted clinics on all aspects of music production at music schools, recording studios, and convention centers all over the United States, and produced numerous how-to videos demonstrating recording techniques and software tips and tricks, as well as marketing videos. Piper plays several instruments including keyboards, guitars, upright and electric bass, and a variety of ethnic wood and bamboo flutes, and also produces electronic music.

Kasia Livingston

Kasia “KC” Livingston is a singer/songwriter who broke into the scene with her Grammy-nominated, worldwide #1 single “StickWitU” by the Pussycat Dolls. She is a frequent Britney Spears collaborator with multiple songs on Britney’s #1 albums Circus and Femme Fatale. She has continued to have releases with Flo Rida, Chris Brown, Jessie J, Cheryl Cole, and Gloria Trevi.

Writer and producer collaborations include: Flo Rida, Jessie J, David Guetta, Alex Da Kid, Britney Spears, Will.I.Am, Scott Cutler, Tokio Hotel, Fraser T. Smith, Victoria Justice, Kevin Griffin, Lindy Robbins, Ashley Gorley, Josh Abraham, Ari Levine, Luke Boyd, Brandy, Esmee Denters, Jordyn Taylor, Pixie Lott, Rock City, Frankie Storm, Bloodyshy & Avant, Danja, Fernando Garibay, Mike Elizondo, Rodney Jerkins, Brian Kennedy, JR Rotem, The Stereotypes, Andre Merritt, Rob Fusari, Dan & Leah, Cathy Dennis, The Writing Camp, Madd Scientist, The Jam, James Fauntleroy, Underdogs, Makeba, Greg Wells, Evan Bogart, Kara DioGuardi, Fredwreck, Stacy Barthe, Oak, Harvey Mason, and Greg Kurstin.


Erik Kapernick

Erik Kapernick is a professional recording engineer, producer, composer and keyboardist in the Los Angeles area. Native to nearby San Diego, Erik has studied classical piano performance and technique since age 5; performing in numerous recitals, competitions and special events.

In 2003, upon finishing his Bioengineering degree at University of California, San Diego, Erik joined the faculty at La Jolla Piano Institute and began training under director Marden Abadi – pupil of Artur Rubinstein. In 2005, Erik also began working as a research assistant in the molucular cell biology laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. He is published on two papers and was awarded a patent following a large-scale experiment with c. elegans.

Erik’s insistent interest in music, computing and engineering led him to Pasadena in 2012 to pursue a degree in Music Production at Los Angeles College of Music. After graduating at the top of his class in 2014, he was awarded a position with the LACM faculty. Erik currently instructs piano and production courses and engineers for studio classes. He also plays piano and keyboard for live performance and studio recording.

Steve Billman

Steve Billman attended Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship and also graduated from Musician’s Institute in 1981. Steve studied with Jeff Berlin and Bob Magnusson while at Musicians Institute. He has worked with some of the world’s finest musicians, including Brian Bromberg, Brandon Fields, Rob Mullins, Pat Kelley, Gregg Karukas, Free Flight, Alex Acuna, Tom Brechtlein, Gary Novak, Jeff Richman and most recently, Frank Gambale, to name a few. Steve also played on Tia Carrere’s 2009 Grammy-winning album Ikena. He was a member of the band “Continuum” for 15 years, and has been a member of the Academy staff since its very earliest days. For the latest information, please visit

Debra Davis

Debra Davis is a singer/songwriter/producer and music educator from Los Angeles. She has released 3 albums of original material, and has a catalog of songs written for other artists and projects, as well. Debra’s songs have been featured in numerous TV series and films, and can be heard on such Internet music outlets as Spotify, Itunes, IHeartRadio, Soundcloud and Pandora (Debra Davis Radio), as well as on retail and in-flight music programming.

The title track to her debut album, “Uninvited Guests,” cracked the Top 20 on the Americana Radio chart, and her latest, “Complete,” features a duet with 5-time Grammy winner Christopher Cross. Debra has written songs for, vocal coached and produced artists including Disney actress Peyton List (for Universal Music Group), Twist of Fate (Sony Wonder), and for “Avalon: Web of Magic” (Scholastic).

Debra and her music were also featured on the “Real Artists Working” documentary (PBS), “Innervieworld” webcast, and on “Angel Encounters” special (TNN), which explored the stories behind her songs.

Debra has been a featured performer/songwriter on ASCAP’s Quiet on the Set, NSAI (Nashville Songwriter’s Assn.), and Billy Block’s Western Beat, and has toured nationwide with her Band of Gold playing festivals and venues like The Bluebird in Nashville, Summerfest, PRIDE, Eat’m Las Vegas, LA Marathon, Billboard Live, House of Blues, the Troubadour and the Coach House, as well as numerous radio on-airs and morning TV appearances. She’s opened for such artists as Christopher Cross, Edwin McCain, Venice and Collective Soul.

Her songs are on several compilation CDs for good causes, including

“Artists Against Cancer,“ “It’s About Eve” for breast cancer research,

and “Home” for Children International.

Debra’s husband, drummer/producer Dave Beyer, is also an instructor at LACM, and works on many projects with her.

Debra has been a vocal coach and piano, guitar and songwriting teacher for more than 20 years. Debra studied music at Fullerton College, Golden West College, UCLA and Dick Grove School of Music in Hollywood. She also has a B.A. degree in Journalism, and was a features writer for the L.A. Times for 8 years (interviewing the likes of Gladys Knight, Chris Brown, Sammy Hagar and Wynonna Judd), and wrote the music columns for Pasadena Weekly and Gig Magazine.

Marko Desantis

Marko DeSantis is a music professional best known as the lead guitarist and co-founder of modern rock & roll band Sugarcult, with whom he has toured worldwide and sold over a million records since launching out of Santa Barbara, CA in 2001.

Sugarcult released three studio records which spawned hit singles such as; “Bouncing Off the Walls”, “Pretty Girl (The Way)”, “Do It Alone” and “Memory”.   They’ve also released a documentary DVD, a live album, a “best of”/concert DVD.

Sugarcult has headlined their own national and international tours; performed on the main stages of festivals around the world (Glastonbury, Reading/Leeds, Summersonic, Warped Tour, Soundwaves, etc); were the main support act on Green Day’s “American Idiot” USA/Japan tours, and Blink 182’s farewell European tour and countless other tours.

Prior to Sugarcult, Marko wrote, recorded & performed live with national indie/power-pop/punk bands such as The AtarisSwingin Utters and Nerf Herder.

Marko also produces/writes for other artists and composes for film and television.

As an educator, DeSantis has appeared as a guest lecturer/adjunct professor and panelist at several music conferences and academia programs: SXSW, MI (Musicians Institute), LACM (LA College of Music), Citrus College, Kenshu (Japanese exchange), Taxi Road Rally, New Noise, Camp Jam and Power Chord Academy. Specializing in Artist Development and career opportunities in the future of the music industry.

Marko DeSantis is based in Los Angeles, CA.

Bill Fowler

Bill Fowler was part of a world tour backing Raquel Welch, and subsequently toured for 3 years with the Pointer Sisters, performing at venues such as The Universal Amphitheater, The Greek Theatre, LA Sports Arena, on television appearances including The Tonight Show, The Midnight Special, The Tomorrow Show, and a tour of New Zealand and Australia. He later spent 10 years as part of Ben Vereen’s touring band, performing in both self-contained, 5-piece band contexts as well as Pops concert configurations with symphony orchestras. A highlight of this association was an appearance with the orchestra at Carnegie Hall in NYC. Other credits include television appearances with Jermaine Jackson and concert appearances with Lou Rawls, Marilyn McCoo, Lainie Kazan, Willie Bobo, Marvin Hamlisch, Anthony Newley, Nell Carter and Suzanne Somers. His work has been heard on TV and feature film soundtracks composed by Gil Melle as well as on albums by Ray Charles and Johnny Halliday (the French Elvis!) respectively. He has appeared with the Jazz Tap Ensemble the last 3 years as part of their Christmas performance broadcast live on KCET. He began teaching guitar both one-on-one and in classes over 20 years ago and has been associated with LACM since 1996.

Jon Kull

Jon Kull maintains a busy and diverse schedule covering many musical disciplines. As a film orchestrator he has amassed over 175 credits, working with many of the top composers in Hollywood on some of their biggest projects, including James Horner (Avatar, Troy, The New World), Elmer Bernstein (Twilight, The Deep End of the Ocean), Christopher Young (Spider Man 3), Marco Beltrami (Hellboy, The Wolverine) and James Newton Howard (King Kong, Maleficent). His recorded arrangements cover a wide variety of styles: classical, featuring Kathleen Battle and Christopher Parkening (Angels’ Glory); popular, with Neil Diamond (The Movie Album); and specialty ethnic works featured in multi-CD releases of Yiddish Theatre songs (including the crossover hit,“Bay mir bistu sheyn”) for the Milken Archive’s ambitious recording project dedicated to the preservation of American Jewish music. Jon is also experienced as a session conductor in every genre of music.

Jon’s composition credits include a large catalog of production music for a wide variety of genres and ensembles. His music is heard daily in theatrical trailers and network promos in the U.S. and worldwide, most notably in NBC’s “Must See TV” campaign. As a composer for the New York- based creative house Siblings, Kull has also written music for commercials, among them efforts for Neutrogena, J.C. Penney, Snapple, and Canon. His feature film original score credits include Lone Wolf, Retribution, Be Somebody, and the recent festival favorite The Real Old Testament. At present he is fine-tuning a stage musical, Plug, a collaboration with writer/comedian Steve Stajich. Jon is a graduate of the University of Colorado (BM, MM) and holds a certificate in Film Scoring from the University of Southern California.

Orlando Rashid

Orlando Rashid is an accomplished audio engineer, producer, and songwriter with credits on numerous award-winning albums and songs, including Jamie Foxx’s two-times platinum album “Unpredictable”, Kanye West’s number one song “Gold Digger”, and on the Emmy Award nominated Queen Latifah song “Life Support”. Alongside those Orlando has worked with such massively popular and incredibly successful artists as , Ludacris, 50 Cent, T.I., P. Diddy, Ashanti, Tweet and many more. Orlando is also an Avid Certified Instructor and expert which teaches Pro Tools and Media Composer courses at several educational institutions in the Los Angeles area.

Troy Wallace

Troy Wallace was given his first record, The Who’s “Squeeze Box,” at the age of 6.  He still owns that single, only now it’s part of a much, much larger collection, and ever since that time, music has continued to play a key role in his life.

Around the age of 9, after spying it’s wild album art, he “borrowed” his older sister’s Kiss record.  This would be a life changing moment, leading to his first guitar and much that would follow…and he’s still “borrowing” that Kiss record as well.  Several years & records later, at the age of 15, he played on stage with a band for the first time, and then at 16 got his first paid DJ gig, which like many of these moments, would circle back to factor in heavily later in life.  Just after turning 18 he moved to LA to attend USC where upon arrival, he also promptly joined a rock band that happened to be looking for a bass player.  By the next year, they were playing out at clubs like The Whiskey, Roxy and Troubadour.

All throughout this time there were great shows happening and constant exposure to new and different types of music.  Club gigs by bands like Jane’s Addiction and Guns N’ Roses were happening and everything from punk to goth, hip hop, alternative rock and eventually the dance and electronic underground would play a part in what became an ever expanding musical journey and education.  Witnessing the birth of the west coast Rave scene that exploded in Southern California and the Bay Area in the early 90’s also brought back his interest in DJing, which has remained constant ever since.

Shortly before graduating from USC with honors and a BS in Marketing/Advertising and a minor in Recording Arts, Troy took on an internship at MCA/Universal where among other things, he worked on and watched first hand as Nirvana’s Nevermind exploded into the mainstream, with the plant at one point unable to press records fast enough to keep up with the demand.  After that internship ended he was hired on at Warner Bros Records, starting in the Merchandising dept. and eventually over the next decade plus, moving up into Marketing and A&R, where he worked with a wide variety of artists, including The Flaming Lips, Aphex Twin, Tom Petty, Mudhoney, Ministry, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Jane’s Addiction, and most notably from a sales standpoint, Green Day.  During his time at Warners (and later Rhino) he was awarded several gold, platinum and multi platinum sales awards for various projects he was involved with.

Following those 15 years or so spent in the Warner/Rhino family, Troy went on to consult for independent labels and A&R/Music licensing companies, and he continued to DJ and be involved in events the entire time after leaving college, including everything from clubs to underground parties to events like the Downtown LA Rooftop Full Moon Gatherings, Solstice parties, and Burning Man.

Jordan Colley

Jordan Colley is the owner of Starlight Iguana, a video production company. He has produced, filmed and edited video projects for Gibson, Trader Joe’s, JBL, Strymon, AKG and other global brands. During his early career at Ibanez Guitars, he worked with established artists like Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert and George Benson to produce promotional video content. Later at Line 6, he produced videos for the launch of POD HD, James Tyler Variax and other music technology products. He is an avid trail runner and lives in Pasadena with his wife, dog and one-eyed cat.

Philip Mantione

Philip Mantione is a Los Angeles-based sound artist, composer, sound designer, guitarist, computer musician, educator and multimedia artist whose career spans over two decades. His work includes music for orchestra, chamber ensembles, computer, fixed media, interactive performance, multimedia and sound installation, and sound design for experimental video. He writes custom software to meld field recordings, samples and computer generated sounds into unique sonic textures. Through the extrapolation, superimposition and integration of external structures, data sets and found sounds, he sculpts musical forms that provide the framework for engaging and unexpected content. Mantione is the recipient of two Meet the Composer grants and a recent commission from New Music USA for Riverside Whistles and Bells, an extended site-specific piece for hand bell choir, carillon and live electronics. His music has been performed internationally at venues in NYC, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Berlin, Beijing, Sau Paulo, and Paris. His collaborations with visual artist, Alysse Stepanian include multimedia installations and performance, and experimental videos that have be shown in festivals world-wide. Mantione is a contributing author of technical articles, software reviews and interviews, and a producer of video tutorials for The Pro Audio Files, an industry-respected online source of educational literature and video content for audio engineering professionals.

He was awarded a New Music USA grant in 2014 to write, conduct and perform Riverside Whistles and Bells, a live site-specific composition for two octave carillon, hand bell choir and live electronics which was premiered on the rooftop of the Riverside Art Museum. In 2015, he formed an electroacoustic trio called TriAngular Bent that features Jeff Boynton (bent circuits and cello), Don Preston (a founding member of Zappa’s Mothers of Invention on electronics and piano) and  Mantione (guitar, computer and modular synthesizer). He recently was selected for a residency at the Djerassi Artist Residency Program where he spent a month developing music for a new collaborative multimedia piece called “#MemoryoftheUniverse | Bayesian Poisoning” that will include 3D animation projections, live electronics and bass-baritone voice. The work will be presented in Marseille, France thanks to an international partnership with the French-based, artist-run, non-profit organization, Association des Instants Video Numerique et Poetiques. For more information visit:

Les Brockmann

Les Brockmann is a recording engineer with a history of working in LA’s finest commercial and personal studios. He has recorded and mixed music for film scores, songs, games, jazz, tourism, and production music.

Notable film scores recorded and mixed by Les include the award-winning documentary “The Hunting Ground”, silent film orchestral scores for “John Ford’s Silent Epics” (including live to surround mix), and the cult television favorite “Firefly”. Game scores include all three “Uncharted”‘s (if you own a Sony PlayStation they are probably bundled within), and the “Pixel Piracy” and “Pixel Privateers” series. He is a Grammy™ winner, Best Latin Jazz album, “¡Ritmo!”, for his work recording the Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band. And last but not least he recorded the Manhattan Transfer for the main title of the comedy-horror film “Trail of the Screaming Forehead” (raise your hand if you saw that — what, no one?)

Additional Les trivia: He was on site in the studio for the very first album using drum machine ever, with Lee Ritenour (well probably, there was some debate as to whether Stevie Wonder’s album came out first or Lee’s). Les has stayed current with the changes in music technology, and is an expert ProTools and Digital Performer user. He brings his strong belief that, no matter what the tech is, the most important and rewarding thing is working with real skilled musicians, singers, producers, songwriters, and composers to create timeless “real music”.

LACM Departments

Click on a Department to read more about our faculty.