Edward Holcomb "Ed" Plumb was an American film composer and orchestrator, best known for his work at Walt Disney Studios. He served as musical director of Fantasia and orchestrated and composed a third of the score for Bambi, and also expanded and orchestrated the film’s main composer Frank Churchill's simple but menacing three-note man-theme, which may have been an influence for the shark-theme in Jaws.

Ed Plumb was born in Streator, Illinois. His grandfather, Colonel Ralph Plumb founded the city of Streator in 1866. In the 1930s, Plumb moved to California and began work as a composer and orchestrator in the film industry. In addition to his work for Disney, Plumb frequently worked on titles for other studios, including Republic, Paramount, and 20th Century Fox. In 1953, he wrote the music for Tom and Jerry short called The Missing Mouse. He orchestrated and composed for several films, like Angels in the Outfield, Road to Rio, Valley of the Zombies, That's My Boy, The Painted Hills, Father Is a Bachelor, Variety Girl, and Quebec.

Back at Disney, Plumb orchestrated the music for Dumbo, Make Mine Music, Song of the South, So Dear to My Heart, Peter Pan, and Lady and the Tramp. He also orchestrated a number of television programs for Walt Disney Presents, a number of Davy Crockett films, and on Westward Ho, the Wagons!, starring Fess Parker. His final film project was Johnny Tremain for Disney in 1957. Plumb died on April 18, 1958.

He received Academy Award nominations for Bambi, Victory Through Air Power, Saludos Amigos, and The Three Caballeros.

Disney Filmography

Year Film Position
1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Composer - uncredited
1938 Mother Goose Goes Hollywood Composer - uncredited
1940 Pinocchio Composer - "Whale Chase" uncredited
1940 Fantasia Musical Director - uncredited
1941 Dumbo Orchestrator
1942 Bambi Composer
1942 Saludos Amigos Composer
1942 South of the Border with Disney Composer - uncredited
1942 Iceland Orchestrator - uncredited
1943 The Grain That Built a Hemisphere Composer - uncredited
1943 El Gaucho Goofy Composer
1943 Victory Through Air Power Composer
1944 The Three Caballeros Music Director
Composer
1945 Something You Didn't Eat Composer - uncredited
1945 Donald's Crime Composer
1946 Make Mine Music Associate Music Director
Orchestrator - uncredited
"Blue Bayou" musical director
"Peter and the Wolf" Composer
1946 Song of the South Orchestrator
1947 Fun and Fancy Free Orchestrator - uncredited
1948 So Dear to My Heart Orchestrator
1950 Cinderella Orchestrator - uncredited
1951 Alice in Wonderland Orchestrator - uncredited
1953 How to Sleep Composer
1953 The New Neighbor Composer
1953 Peter Pan Orchestrator
1953 The Living Desert Orchestrator
1954 Donald's Diary Composer
1954-1964 The Magical World of Disney 4 episodes: Composer
Special Orchestrator
1954 The Vanishing Prairie Orchestrator
1955 Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier Orchestrator
1955 Lady and the Tramp Orchestrator
1956 Davy Crockett and the River Pirates Orchestrator
1956 Secrets of Life Orchestrator
1956 Westward Ho, the Wagons! Orchestrator
1957 Johnny Tremain Orchestrator

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