Sheridon Stokes became the youngest contract musician in Hollywood at age 20. He is the flute soloist on Mission Impossible (TV and movie), Out of Africa, E.T., Kung Fu, Roots, Spitfire Grill, Apollo 13, and thousands of other movie and TV scores. Stokes
received the MVP award for flute from the National Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1981, 1982, and 1983. Premiers include Concerto for flute and orchestra by John Williams, Willow Willow for electric bass flute and percussion by Paul Chiihara, and
On the Wings of the Wind for solo flute and orchestra by Harry Bulow. Solo CD records include his transcription of Six Sonatas by Boccherini (Orion-Naxos), Torbellino by Caliendo for flute and guitar (Efficaci), Trio by Lazarof for flute, clarinet,
and oboe (Laurel), and Quintet by Levitch for flute and strings (Orion). Stokes has been first flute and soloist with the Glendale Symphony for 25 years (Carmen Dragon and Lalo Schifrin
directors), and has played first flute with the ABT, Houston Ballet, San Fransisco Ballet, and Harlem Ballet. In 1996 he was first flute with the Hollywood Festival Orchestra’s CD and video of The Three Sopranos and in 1997 was first flute with Hollywood Academy Awards Orchestra at the Shrine Auditorium. Stokes has served as Senior Lecturer-Professor of Flute at UCLA since 1972.