Composers for
Film & Television


Garry McDonald studied classical composition and orchestration at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music before moving to the U.S. in 1980, where he completed Graduate Diploma studies in Film Composing and Conducting at the Dick Grove Music Academy in Los Angeles. This followed earlier work as a jazz & rock musician, songwriter and arranger throughout Australia and in Southeast Asia.

Lawrence "Laurie" Stone achieved national success during the late 70's and early 80's as one of Australia's foremost pop and rock music composer/performers, appearing with his bands on many national music TV programs. During this time he won numerous instrumental and songwriting awards. Coupled with his expertise in the fields of electronic music and sound engineering, this has caused Laurie to be recognized as one of Australia's most experienced and successful music producers.

In the mid-80's, having worked together on several classical and rock album projects, McDonald and Stone "joined forces" to direct their combined musical talents towards a common goal - as an internationally recognized film composing team. Their diverse backgrounds and skills offer the film-maker a virtually unlimited choice of musical styles and production techniques, from computer-generated (midi) soundtracks to full orchestral scores.

As their substantial credit list shows, the composers have worked with international studios such as Warner Bros., Paramount, MGM and Disney, as well as with major local production companies. McDonald and Stone have composed scores for Feature Movies, TV Series, Documentaries and Animated productions, winning a number of industry awards including the prestigious APRA – AGSC “International Achievement Award” in 2008.


The Music Department is the composer's Production and Publishing company, and it also operates as a state-of-the-art midi recording facility. While McDonald and Stone compose, orchestrate and produce the music score, The Music Department can control many other aspects of the music production - such as contracting and payroll of musicians, studio co-ordination, music licensing and copyright clearances. This has the added benefit of significantly reducing administration time and cost to the Producer.

When required, the composers work with and conduct large groups of musicians from the Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras. They are both members of APRA, as is The Music Department publishing company. Garry McDonald and Laurie Stone reside with their families in Brisbane, Queensland - however they travel regularly to the southern states, as well as overseas, to wherever the film production is located.