Melodic Treks 64: It Sounds Much Better on a Wood Piccolo / by Brandon-Shea Mutala

Sheridon Stokes Interview


Sheridon Stokes was hired as a piccolo player in the Denver Symphony when he was 16 years old and was the youngest contract musician in Hollywood at age 20. At this young age, he was working with the 20th Century Fox Orchestra under Alfred Newman. He has been featured in many television and film scores, including the television series Mission Impossible, Roots, and Kung Fu, as well as the films Jaws, E.T., Ghost, Glory, Patriot Games, and more recently, Mission Impossible, Waterworld, Jumanji, Independence Day, and Rush Hour II. He was solo flute at the Academy Awards in 1997 and 1998 and played the famous penny whistle solo from the Titanic song “My Heart Will Go On” with Celine Dion.

In this episode on Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Andy Farber, composer for two episodes of Star Trek: Continues, and Sheridon Stokes. We discuss his early works in film and television, the kind of flutes he has in his arsenal, many of the composers he worked with, and some fun memories of Bernard Hermann.

Chapters

Intro (00:00:00)
Contests (00:01:30)
Review and Feedback (00:03:53)
"Two-Edged Surveillance" (from Patriot Games, composed by J. Horner) (00:07:40)
Welcome, Sheridon (00:09:16)
I Grew Up in the Music Business (00:14:15)
Instruments (00:16:16)
There's So Many Good Ones (00:20:06)
James Horner (00:23:23)
Sheridon's Arsenal (00:24:26)
Kung Fu (00:28:50)
"The Paradise Syndrome" (00:33:44)
Rosenman, Shiffron, Kaplan, and Courage (00:35:33)
Pop Music (0038:04)
Albums (00:40:08)
Buddy Baker and Electronics (00:42:34)
Currently (00:47:50)
"Main Title" (from Patriot Games, composed by J. Horner) (00:51:27)
A Bit More From Andy (00:52:54)


Host

Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guests

Sheridon Stokes Andy Farber

Production

Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art Creator)