An Award Winning Composer in addition to being a Pianist, Alan Ripa began his
writing career at the age of 12 when he wrote his first composition after just
6 weeks of piano lessons.
Alan began piano lessons at the Roger Williams School of Music. In 6 weeks he was
featured on CBS Morning Show playing the Theme from Midnight Cowboy. Six months
later he was accepted into a local group called the Phoenix Young Entertainers
and then played his first piano job at the Carefree Inn.
By his late teens and early 20’s, Alan had performed publicly through-out the
Southwest, dazzling audiences with his unique and original compositions bringing
many audiences to their feet.
Alan went on to perform with the members of the Ike & Tina Turner Band sharing
the stage with and backing such notables as “The Drifters”, “The Coaster” & “Sham
The Sham”. Later in the 1980’s, he also worked with Buck Ram & “The Platters”.
While attending Arizona State University, he began composing, arranging, radio jingles.
After receiving his Bachelor of Arts Degree In Music with a Minor in Aviation & Sociology,
he began to write, direct & produce Television Commercials which won him such
honors & awards “The Addy-Award – Best Music Composer”; “The Addy Award-Best
Music Director”; “The Telly Award-Best Music Production” and the prestigious nomination
for the Emmy Award.
He was also included in the “Who’s Who In Arizona 1990 Edition”
Alan expanded his his expertise by composing music for motion picture scores and
regional talk show themes.
In the 1990’s, he recorded 3 all original CD’s with his tracks from his second CD being played
on 47 Smooth Jazz stations across the country,
In addition, his music was included as part of the inflight entertainment systems on over
26 Airlines in the world plus the presidential aircraft, “Air Force One”.
Also, he was a featured artist on Delta, United and American Airlines.
Alan and his music was also featured on and connected with such power house music
companies such as AEI, The 3M Corporation, & Muzak being played over 66,000
In 2005, a Luxury Home agent called to meet with Alan to ask if he could put together
a Musical show comprised of all Local Realtors to benefit an organization called
“The Hutch Fund” Alan said he could do that.
In 2006, the first show called STAAR NIGHT. It debuted at the Scottsdale Center For The Arts
with 22 performers. The theater was half filled with about 400 attendees to see this experiment
of a show. The show went well and the audience was thrilled and gave a standing ovation.
In 2007, Alan put together a second show with about 20 performers, wrote a 63 page
script of how the show was to go, built and painted the set design. He was the Producer,
Director and he Performed in the show.
That show was at The Scottsdale Center for the Arts again only this time it was in front of a
Standing Room Only Crowd, Over 825 Attendees. The show was a huge success. At the end there
was lengthy standing ovation plus the show raising over $110,000 Dollars.
At that 2007, Alan had hired a camera crew with 3 cameras to capture the show. After the
show, he edited the show together in a movie format in 5.1 Dolby Audio Surround Sound,
rented the Harkins Cini-Capri Theater and played the show to an audience of about 300
attendees in 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound.
Around 2014, Alan was invited to attend an Open Mic event in Scottsdale called Terroir Open
Mic Night at the Terroir Wine Pub.
He quickly could see that there was an amazing talent group of musicians and performers
that attended this weekly event so he decided to start shooting video of the performers.
A year and one half later, he had post over 130 performances online .
Those performance have now been watched in every state in the country and
over 118 countries in the world.
Alan still enjoys playing the piano for special events, his open houses and an occasional