Greg Haake
Music Direction, Conducting, Arranging
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  Greg was born into a musical family, grew up listening to classical and jazz, and fell in love with musical theatre at an early age when he was lucky enough to see Mary Martin perform in "Peter Pan."

Growing up in Southern California, Greg took up the trombone in elementary school and began conducting and arranging in high school. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in music education and immediately went to work as a high school music teacher. By this time Greg was an accomplished arranger, having written hundreds of arrangements for dozens of schools, colleges, and other various musical groups.

Since 1995 Greg has become increasingly focused on musical theatre, serving as a pit musician, conductor, and musical director for nearly 100 musicals. The shows have ranged from "Oklahoma!" to "In The Heights" and everything in between. Recent professional credits include the Musical Theatre of Los Angeles' productions of "Ragtime," "West Side Story," the critically acclaimed "Cabaret," "Oklahoma!," and the incredible "Chess in Concert," for which Greg was recognized by Stage Scene LA as Outstanding Music Director.

Greg has recently completed three marquee productions:
  • "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in Concert" at the Saban in Beverly Hills, featuring David Burnham as Joseph and Misty Cotton as the Narrator.

  • "Cats for Cats" at the Orpheum in Los Angeles, a performance to benefit The Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats, featuring many celebrities in solo roles, such as Keith David, Ioan Gruffudd, Bethany Joy Lenz, Owain Yeoman, Alicia Witt, Todd Lowe, Naturi Naughton, Janel Parrish, and Brendan Robinson.

  • The Los Angeles premiere of "Disenchanted" at the El Portal in North Hollywood, a new musical comedy about the original storybook princesses and their annoyance with how they are portrayed in movies and theme parks.

Greg is fortunate to have worked with many well-known and talented directors, such as Brian Johnson, Mike Lorre, Robert Marra, Fiely Matias, Greg North (Zerkle), Judy Norton, Mark Rozanno, Vicki Schindele, and Justin Tanner. Greg has also enjoyed working with many fantastic choreographers, including Carol Cetrone, Karen Hunicutt, Annie Lavin, Kitty McNamee, and Tania Possick.

As a trombonist, Greg has performed extensively throughout Southern California, most recently being seen with the bands "Barela" and "Southland" at such venues as The House of Blues, The Coach House, The Galaxy Theater, and other top concert venues. Greg also writes the horn arrangements for both bands.
Greg Haake rehearses with the cast of "Cats for Cats"