While other kids were dreaming of becoming firemen or astronauts, the man behind MONSTER TRACKS was focused on a career in music, and spent his life pursuing that passion.
Composer Chuck Butler is the President, co-founder, and Principal Composer for MONSTER TRACKS Original Music. He is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston (1987). In addition to his major in Commercial Arranging, he studied extensively in Berklee's Film Scoring, Music Production & Engineering, and Jingle Writing programs.
Chuck founded MONSTER TRACKS Original Music with former Baker Sound Studios owner Gary Moskowitz in 1987. Since then, he has won numerous awards for excellence in producing original music for advertising, film, and corporate productions. His reel features national television and radio credits, independent film scores, music for political campaigns, and multi-media productions. He has been responsible for handling original music production on an wide range of projects, working with advertising agency producers, film and television directors, and corporate producers to conceive and create music appropriate for commercial productions.
Chuck is also a respected pianist and conductor, performing professionally for more than 35 years. He is accomplished in a variety of musical styles including pop, rock, R&B, jazz, classical, techno/electronic, and theatre. He has appeared with artists including Aretha Franklin, Michael Crawford, Vic Damone, James Darren, Bobby Rydell, Martin Short, Jerry Vale, Regis Philbin, Michael Amante and many others. Chuck was a regular Atlantic City showroom performer from 1988-2000, appearing regularly at Bally's, Caesar's, Resorts, Trump Marina, Trump Taj Mahal, Trump Plaza, Harrah's, and The Hilton. He toured with Shirley Bassey in 2000, including performances at Symphony Hall in Boston and Lincoln Center in New York. He was a member of the orchestra for the GOP convention in Philadelphia in June of 2000, and served as Music Director and Conductor for the Aventis-Pasteur 2002 National Sales Conference. He continues to appear as a solo pianist, with his jazz trio, or in full-band settings, with bookings handled by Kenny i Entertainment.
Chuck is an experienced studio engineer, handling all aspects of recording and mixing for MONSTER TRACKS productions. He is an expert in digital music production and digital audio systems integration. He has overseen equipment selection, purchasing, systems design and installation for multiple analog and digital recording suites at Baker Sound Studios in Philadelphia, including one of the first fully-digital "virtual" production suites in the U.S. Chuck has extensive experience in ADR, ISDN, and mix-to-picture, and has honed his knowledge of audio production and post-production techniques in a highly dynamic and intensely deadline-driven environment. Chuck is particularly knowledgeable in the application of computer software in music production. He has been at the forefront of digital music production since 1987, and consults with several major music software developers as they improve and expand their product lines. His unique blend of musicianship and technical prowess allow him to take advantage of modern technology, without sacrificing the human element that makes his music distinctive.
Since 2002, Chuck has been a Senior Lecturer in the Composition department at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He developed and teaches the required course "Analysis and Composition of Commercial Music," and meets with composition majors for private instruction.
Chuck has been a board member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Composers Forum since 2003, serving as Board President from 2006-2016. The organization's mission is to enrich the community by providing opportunities for local composers. During Chuck's tenure as Board President, ACF Philadelphia doubled its membership and raised and distributed over $1,000,000 in support of their artistic pursuits.
Chuck is the author of numerous articles for local advertising and news journals including ADV, ITVA (MCPA), and ACT, and has been a featured speaker and panelist at events for NARAS, The Greater Philadelphia Film Office, and other organizations.
Outside of music, Chuck is a dedicated student of philosophy (he is an advocate of Objectivism), an avid moviegoer, and a baseball fan.
Chuck resides in southern New Jersey with his wife. His son is currently studying Biophysics at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.