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Making music on the screen and in church

Marshall Bowen has one foot in show biz, the other in worship music

When you look up Marshall Bowen on the Internet Movie Database, you'll see more than a dozen movies where he has served in several musical capacities, including conductor, orchestrator and score preparation. What you won't see is Salem Lutheran Church, Glendale, Calif.

Yet for decades Bowen has had one foot in show biz and the other in the religious realm, serving as a minister of music in three California congregations.

Marshall Bowen helps make music for
Marshall Bowen helps make music for TV and movies. He and others recently worked with Michael Giacchino on his score for John Carter, released this month.

Though the time demands of working at the Walt Disney Studios Music Library led to taking a break from church work, he's still active at Emmanuel Lutheran, North Hollywood, where he recently played bass with its ensemble. That same weekend he also conducted the orchestra that played the score for the TV show Alcatraz.

A 1975 graduate of California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, he recently received the school's Outstanding Music Alumnus Award, which recognizes exemplary dedication and distinguished artistic achievement. Bowen said his years at CLU prepared him for his dual career track.


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