Rick Urban is a film composer who combines his knowledge of the orchestra and electronic sounds to create original music that tells a story. His background as a drummer and percussionist allows Rick to create original sounds that quickly become a vital part of the film. His most recent projects include composing the score for the powerful film Ketchup and Blood as well as composing additional music for the feature film Dusk (2015 Cleveland International Film Festival Selection) Prior to that, Rick composed the original score for the political drama Spirit of ‘68 which was premiered at Columbia College’s alumni event at the Sundance Film Festival. In the spring of 2013 he was a chosen as a semi-finalist for the CINE film scoring competition, and earlier that year he assisted director Phillip Andrew Morton in creating the score for the controversial documentary film Spanish Lake. In 2012 his score for the film Crazy Horace was recorded and produced at Capitol Studios in Hollywood. He has had numerous placements on television internationally on such networks as NBC Sports, Fox Sports, and MTV. Rick also was a past participant in the Society of Composers and Lyricists mentor program.

 Rick earned his Master of Fine Arts Degree in Film Composition from Columbia College, where he studied with Gary Chang, David McHugh, Hummie Mann, and Andy Hill. While at Columbia, he also studied conducting with Eimear Noone.

 Prior to his time at Columbia, Rick earned a Master of Music Degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and a Bachelor of Music Degree from DePaul University’s School of Music in Chicago.

 Over the course of his musical career Rick has worked with many award winning filmmakers and composers including Henry Jackman, Kim Planert, and Reinhold Heil. As a performer, he has played percussion with orchestras all over the world and has released two albums with his band Standby Radio.

RIck can be contacted via email at 

Recent credits include:

Ketchup and Blood (2015) - Original score by Rick Urban

Submarino (2014) - Original score by Rick Urban

Rules of Reduction (2014) - Original score by Rick Urban

Dusk (2014) - Additional music by Rick Urban

Spirit of ‘68 (2013) - Original score by Rick Urban

Spanish Lake (2013) - Rick Urban (Music Department)

Just for Today (2013) - Original score by Rick Urban

Crazy Horace (2012) - Original score by Rick Urban