The Frost School of Music has commissioned Los Angeles-based film and television composer Joel McNeely, B.M. ’82, to compose a new concert march under the auspices of the Abraham Frost Commission Series, an endowment established in 1989 by Phillip and Patricia Frost to commission new works by notable composers in memory of Phillip Frost’s father.
McNeely’s new march, which will premiere at the 30th annual Festival Miami in October, will make a nod to such great Hollywood film composers as John Williams and Elmer Bernstein while reflecting his own style. Abraham Frost reportedly loved Sousa marches and dramatic march themes by film composers, and this commission is in the same spirit. In addition to the school’s naming gift, the Frosts established two other music endowments at UM in 1989: the Anna Frost Music Scholarship in memory of Phillip Frost’s mother and the Patricia L. Frost Professorship in Music, held by the music dean.
McNeely is an Emmy Award-winning composer, producer, and conductor with more than 100 motion picture and television credits. He has worked with some of Hollywood’s most influential producers and directors, including James Cameron, John Lasseter, and George Lucas, and he recently produced and arranged a big band and orchestra album of standards for Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane for Universal Republic Records. McNeely has created all of the scores and themes for Disney’s Tinker Bell films as well as music for the entire franchise, which includes theme parks, ice shows, and video games.