John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer, conductor, and pianist. In a career that spans six decades, Williams has composed many of the most famous film scores in Hollywood history, including Star Wars, Superman, Home Alone, the first three Harry Potter movies and all but two of Steven Spielberg's feature films including the Indiana Jones series, Schindler's List, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park and Jaws. He also composed the soundtrack for the hit 1960s TV series Lost in Space.
Williams has composed theme music for four Olympic Games, the NBC Nightly News, the inauguration of Barack Obama, and numerous television series and concert pieces. He served as the principal conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra from 1980 to 1993, and is now the orchestra's laureate conductor.
Williams is a five-time winner of the Academy Award. He has also won four Golden Globe Awards, seven BAFTA Awards and 21 Grammy Awards. With 45 Academy Award nominations, Williams is, together with composer Alfred Newman, the second most nominated individual after Walt Disney. He was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in 2000, and was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004.
Works for Winds
- American Journey (Williams) (arr. Lavender)
- Catch Me If You Can (arr. Bocook)
- Cowboys, The (arr. Curnow)
- Fanfare for Fenway (2012)
- For 'The President's Own' (2013)
- Harry Potter Symphonic Suite (2001)
- Home Alone 2, Lost in New York (arr. Lavender)
- Hymn to New England, A (arr. Lavender)
- Hymn to the Fallen (arr. Lavender)
- Liberty Fanfare
- Sound the Bells! (1993)
- Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace (arr. Smith)
- Superman (arr. Lowden)