Jerry A Ranger – well what can one say about an individual who writes a song about having a colonoscopy? Wacky and zany come to mind – but perhaps not as often as they come to his. Speaking on behalf of Jerry, I feel confident that I have the inside track of his talents, experience and often times humorous wit.
Jerry has spent the past 40 years in the music and entertainment arena, having written and produced a multitude of shows for the Cruise Line Market, Casino show rooms and various other venues. He has ventured into the world of Jazz, big band, orchestrating, conducting, arranging, commercials and advertising, performing and the theatrical Broadway stage musicals.
Ranger owned a 10 piece show band inclusive of palm trees, zoot suits, gangster outfits crazed band members in white tails that has performed across the United States and Canada reminding audiences what the swing era was like in the eyes of Cab Calloway, Luis Jordan, Louis Prima and other nefarious ‘Swing Heavies’ from the 30’s and 40’s.
Following his performing years Jerry delved into the field of arranging and orchestrating for many artists, then a quick stint in the cruise line production show market (25 years) and now he is heavily involved in writing original Broadway Musicals. See what wacky and zany can do to you?
You are probably wondering just who I am……well, if you happen to see a chicken who’s spent most of his life as a permanent embedded wall hanging – that would be me. Most folk call me Squawk…..but then you’re probably not most folk.
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JERRY A RANGER - composer & lyricist
Original Musicals (music/ lyrics): “OFF SHORE – The Unusical Musical,” “ BABY BOOMERS – The Musical,” “AHNIE in America” “The BUG HOUSE”, Commercials (30 and 60 second ads for American Cancer Society), Television, Film
Musical Director / Arranger / Orchestrator / Producer
More than 70 production shows in the casino and cruise ship markets including Casinos: Caesar’s Tahoe, Aladdin, Sands, Dunes, and cruise lines: Royal Viking, Norwegian, Holland-America, Silver Seas, Seabourn and Cunard.
The Mills Brothers, The Modernaires, Kay Starr, Patti Paige, Frankie Laine, Johnny Ray, The Ink Spots, The Four Lads, The Imperials, Jane Russell, Beryl Davis, The Glen Miller Orchestra, The Gene Krupa Orchestra, Kay Kayser Orchestra
Responsible for contracting all musicians for Royal Viking Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Cruise Line, Cunard Cruise Line and Seabourn Cruise Line for over 20 years.
New Deal Rhythm Band
Leader and musical director for 10 piece swing show group which toured internationally, featuring vocalist Cheryl Bentyne (now with The Manhattan Transfer)
Northwest Jazz Orchestra
Creator, Conductor, and Composer
Henry Mancini, Jerry Goldsmith, Alex North, Patrick Williams, Oliver Nelson and Dr. William Fowler
Richard Sherman (composer), Maria Torres (choreographer), Dori Sanchez (choreographer)