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Metzger at the premiere of "The Lion King" 15th Anniversary in November 18, 2012

David Metzger (born May 29, 1960) is an American orchestrator and composer best known for his orchestrations of many Disney feature animation films of the past 20 years. He has helped to shape the classic Disney orchestral sound on major Disney films including Frozen, Moana, Planes, Wreck-It Ralph, Tarzan, Haunted Mansion, and Brother Bear. He arranged 6 of the 7 songs in Frozen including the blockbuster "Let It Go" as well as much of the score. In addition to his work for Disney, he has done orchestrations for over 50 major films. He has also composed the musical score for Tarzan 2, Brother Bear 2, and Tarzan and Jane. He also has numerous video game, theme park, TV, and commercial credits.

Metzger received a Tony and a Drama Desk nomination in 1998 for his orchestration of Broadway musical The Lion King." He won a DVDX award for best original score in a DVD premiere movie for Tarzan 2 in 2006.

He is currently orchestrating the Broadway musical Frozen< and is also orchestrating the musical August Rush.

Metzger grew up in Corvallis, Oregon. He received his Bachelor of Music in Commercial Music from California State University, Long Beach. He also did graduate work at UCLA. He began composing for choir and jazz band in junior high school. In his young adult years, he wrote many jazz band charts that are still played today. He was the arranger for jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson in the late 1980s. From 1992-1997, he was the arranger for "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

He has a longtime collaboration with Grammy award-winning film composer Mark Mancina. More recently he has also worked with other notable Hollywood and Broadway composers including Robert Lopez, John Powell, Alan Silvestri, Christophe Beck, and others.

He currently lives in Oregon with his wife. He has 2 grown sons.

DiscographyEdit

Film OrchestrationsEdit

1990sEdit

Year Title Studio(s) Notes
1997 Speed 2: Cruise Control 20th Century Fox
1998 Armageddon Touchstone
Return to Paradise MCA/Universal
1999 Tarzan Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Animation Studios

2000sEdit

Year Title Studio(s) Notes
2000 Bait Warner Bros. Composer of Additional Music
2001 Training Day Warner Bros. Composer of Additional Music
Domestic Disturbance Paramount Pictures Composer of Additional Music
2003 Brother Bear Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Composer of Additional Music
The Haunted Mansion Walt Disney Pictures Composer of Additional Music
2005 Asylum Paramount Classics
2006 Flyboys MGM Composer of Additional Music
2007 Camille Ruddy Morgan Productions
August Rush Warner Bros. Composer of Additional Music
Shooter Paramount Pictures Composer of Additional Music
Live Free or Die Hard 20th Century Fox
The Simpsons Movie 20th Century Fox
2008 Horton Hears a Who 20th Century Fox
Kung Fu Panda Dreamworks Animation
Hancock Columbia Pictures
Bolt Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Animation Studios
2009 Imagine That Paramount Pictures
Nickelodeon Movies
Composer of Additional Music
Night at the Museum 2 20th Century Fox
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 20th Century Fox
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Paramount Pictures

2010sEdit

Year Title Studio(s) Notes
2010 Hurricane Season The Weinstein Company
Dimension Films
Composer of Additional Music
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 20th Century Fox
Knight and Day 20th Century Fox
How to Train Your Dragon Dreamworks Animation
2011 Mars Needs Moms Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Winnie The Pooh Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Rio 20th Century Fox
Kung Fu Panda 2 Dreamworks Animation
X-Men: First Class 20th Century Fox
'Captain America: The First Avenger Paramount Pictures
Happy Feet Two Warner Bros.
2012 The Raven Intrepid Pictures
The Pirates: Band of Misfits Sony Pictures Animation
Emperor Krasnoff Foster Productions
The Lorax Universal Pictures
Ice Age: Continental Drift 20th Century Fox
Wreck-It Ralph Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Animation Studios
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Lionsgate
The Avengers Marvel Studios
2013 Escape Plan Emmett/Furla Films
Planes Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Composer of Additional Music
Frozen Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Additional Work as Song Arranger
2014 Planes: Fire and Rescue Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Composer of Additional Music
Muppets Most Wanted Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Rio 2 20th Century Fox
How to Train Your Dragon 2 DreamWorks Animation
2015 Frozen Fever Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Additional Work as Song Arranger and Conductor
Ant-Man Marvel Studios
2016 Moana Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Additional work as Song, Score, and Vocal Arranger, Additional Music Composer

Broadway OrchestrationsEdit

Year Title Notes
1997 The Lion King Nominated for Tony Award for Best Orchestrations
Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Orchestrations
2016 Up Here La Jolla Playhouse
2018 Frozen Announced 2018 Opening
August Rush Upcoming

Film and TV ComposerEdit

Years Title Notes
1992-1997 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno TV, NBC
1998-2000 The Magnificent Seven TV, CBS
2001-2003 The Legend of Tarzan TV, Disney
2002 Tarzan and Jane Disney, DVDX Nomination for Best Original Score in a DVD Premiere Movie
2005 Blood + Aniplex, Production I.G.
2005 Tarzan 2 Disney, DVDX Winner for Best Original Score in a DVD Premiere Movie
2006 Criminal Minds TV, CBS
Brother Bear 2 Disney

Video GamesEdit

Sorcery (2012). Arranger, additional music. Sony Computer Entertainment
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009). Additional music, 3 levels. Activision

MiscellaneousEdit

Walt Disney Castle Logo. Orchestrator and Arranger. Disney, 2006.

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