After earning Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Music, Mr. Herald joined the faculty of Wayne State University in 1978, teaching a variety of courses including music theory, arranging and orchestration. Mr. Herald’s activities include music production for the PBS Special Lionel Hampton-Back to Paradise, composing and producing music for the the LCMS Special, aired on NBC, Not Without Hope, the orchestral score for the award-winning PBS Special Air Force One: the Planes and the Presidents, and the theme music for the Mr. Wizard Nickelodeon series Teacher to Teacher.
Mr. Herald’s accomplishments include a commissioned arrangement of We Shall Overcome for Orchestra and Jazz Band for the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra, arranging and producing the Christmas Images CD (RGM Records), conducting the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for guitarist Earl Klugh, acting as musical arranger for the 2000 CBS Montreaux Jazz Festival Special and composing the theme of the Emmy Award winning children’s show Bob’s Job. His collection of instrumental hymn tune arrangements is published by Concordia Publishing House and his Concerto for Flute, Guitar and Orchestra premiered in 1999. Grand Design, inspired by Abraham Pais’ biography of Albert Einstein, “Subtle Is the Lord”, was commissioned by the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, and was performed by combined orchestras totaling 350 musicians. In 2008 he composed Fantasie on Danny Boy for five antiphonal flute choirs in honor of Sir James Galway’s reception of the Ford Distinguished Artist Award. Commissioned for the tenth anniversary of the Lexington Bach Festival, his Rise Above for Chamber Orchestra premiered in September, 2009 and has been adopted as the finale for the close of each year's concert series.
As Music Director for Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word, in Rochester Hills, Michigan, Mr. Herald has arranged instrumental accompaniments for dozens of hymns from LSB and TLH.