LOS ANGELES – On Thursday evening, July 22, 2010, The American Society of Music Arrangers & Composers presented the Annual Golden Score Awards, hosted by actor/producer Rob Reiner, at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Universal City. The 2010 Golden Score Award was presented to the multi-talented award winning film, television and theatrical composer, lyricist and arranger Marc Shaiman. And, the Award for Lifetime Achievement in Arranging was presented to the prolific arranger / conductor Sammy Nestico.
Marc Shaiman’s career began as a theatre/cabaret musical director. His work with both Bette Midler and Billy Crystal led to his involvement in their films and the rest is history. Marc’s lengthy filmography now includes Broadcast News, Beaches, When Harry Met Sally, Misery, Sleepless in Seattle, The American President, The First Wives Club, Ghosts of Mississippi, The Wedding Planner, The Bucket List, Hairspray I and II, among others. Television credits have included Saturday Night Live, multiple Academy Awards (including 2010), Emmy Awards, The Tony Awards, Jay Leno, Bette, and Martin Short plus multiple specials. Theatrically and on the concert circuit he has worked with Bette, Billy, Peter Allen, Patti LuPone, Nathan Lane, Martin Short, Tracy Ullman, Robin Williams, Hairspray, The Odd Couple, and more.
At the age of 17, Sammy Nestico became the staff arranger for WCAE Radio in Pittsburgh; he joined the USAF Band in Washington, DC as a staff arranger and subsequently became the leader of the famous Airmen of Note for 15 years. Sammy spent 14 years with the Count Basie Orchestra (winning 4 Grammy awards) while simultaneously being engaged by Capitol Records as arranger/orchestrator, co-writing the equivalent of 63 albums for them. He has arranged and/or conducted for Phil Collins, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson and more. His numerous television credits – Merv Griffin, Goldie Hawn, The Tonight Show, Bob Hope, Mission Impossible, Hawaii Five-O, The Bob Newhart Show, Charlie’s Angels, M.A.S.H. and many more plus feature films and national commercials.
Hosted by Rob Reiner
The evening began with cocktails and silent auction at 6pm, followed by dinner at 7:15pm and awards and entertainment. The evening included personal, video and musical tributes by a number of Special Guests – funds raised will benefit ASMAC’s educational programs, workshops, master classes, and fund several scholarships.