Guitar, Bass, Keyboards
Composer / Arranger/ Producer Byron Fry has played guitar since 1963 and worked with Michael MacDonald, Tiffany, Billy Davis Jr, Barry Coffing and a slew of other #1 hit artists in the studio and on stage; as a Composer / Arranger / Producer, he's scored many hours of footage for Film and TV and written, arranged and produced every style for live shows and records. He's been musical director of a big-budget theatrical musical's 3-month run, written a symphony and conducted its premier. In 2010, he spearheaded the writing of a major-label rock opera by an international team with multiple platinum records and number one hits under its belt. His Guitar Fusion album "Combustible" has stayed at the top of the fusion charts at Number One Music since its release in April of 2009. As a guitarist, he is extremely versatile and equally adept at all styles from Jazz to Jazz/Fusion to Classical, Big Band to Funk / R&B and all Rock styles, Blues to Latin to Country, slide and acoustic finger-styles.
His education was at Grove School of Music, where he studied Composing / Arranging / Orchestration and was very fortunate to have instructors such as Sammy Nestico (orchestration), Diz Mullins (copying), Lalo Schifrin (thematic development), Henry Mancini (music business), Dick Grove (Composing / Arranging) Tom Scott, etc. He also studied improv with Russell Tuttle, staff guitarist with Columbia.
His teaching style is accelerated and geared toward bringing out the best in the student by providing the nuts-and-bolts tools the student really needs for musical expression and to compete in todays world, whether the subject be Theory, Composing / Arranging / Orchestration, Improvisation or any style of Guitar, Bass or Keyboards. He has taught many hundreds of musicians, from beginner to working professionals in every style, as a contract artist for the State of California and at the academically elite Deep Springs College, as well as in clinics at schools and colleges and privately. He is currently on faculty at California College of Music in Pasadena.