Date of Birth: 1927/5/18
Place of Birth: Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, USA
Duane L. Tatro studied with composers Arthurs Honegger, Darius Mihaud, Halsey Stevens, and George Tremblay. He became a professional musician (playing clarinet and sax) at 15, his first job with Mel Torme's band. At 16 he joined Stan Kenton's band. It was the middle of World War II and after touring with Kenton, he returned to high school. After high school he played with dance bands and then joined the Navy. After playing with Navy bands he used his GI Bill to study composition in Paris with Honegger. He took a day job in a California electronics plant where he came a production manager, while pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern California. He is listed in the International Who's Who in Music (1975), the Encyclopedia of Jazz (1955), and the Dictionary of International Biography (1976). He 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. He 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.
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