Summon the Heroes (arr Lavender)

From Wind Repertory Project
John Williams

John Williams (arr. Paul Lavender)

General Info

Year: 1996 / 2009
Duration: c. 6:15
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $110.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute III
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV-V-VI
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Concert Tom
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Field Drum
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Roto-toms (5)
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Once again, John Williams was asked to compose a work for the Olympics, and this thrilling composition is the result. Part of Summon the Heroes was selected as the official theme of the 100th Anniversary of the Olympics, and literally millions of people all over the world heard the theme throughout the 1996 Summer Games. This powerful arrangement includes the five major sections of the work: Fanfare; Prologue; Flags; Contest and Parade.

- Program Note from publisher

Regarding his inspiration, John Williams wrote, “There is unquestionably a spiritual, non-corporeal aspect to an athletic quest such as this that brings us close to what art is all about.”

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University Wind Ensemble (David Kehler, conductor; Sam Oatts, piccolo trumpet) - 10 November 2023
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Indiana, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (Benjamin Wilcox, conductor) - 1 May 2022
  • Texas All-State Symphonic Band (Kevin Sedatole, conductor) - 12 February 2022 (2022 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • Keller (Tx.) High School Wind Ensemble (Mark McGahey, conductor) - 16 December 2021 (2021 Midwest Clinic)
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) - 27 June 2021 (Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts)
  • Portmouth (Ohio) Wind Symphony (Terry Thompson, conductor) - 15 May 2021
  • Edmonton (Alb.) Schoolboys’ Alumni Band (Graeme Peppink, conductor) – 1 December 2019
  • Plainville Wind Ensemble (New Britain, Conn.) (Ken Bagley, conductor) – 17 November 2019
  • Grand Canyon University (Phoenix, Ariz.) Wind Ensemble (Paul Koch, conductor)– 13 November 2018
  • New Hammer Concert Band (Stockton, Calif.) (Eric Hammer, conductor) - 30 September 2018
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, All-College Band (Carrie Pawelski, conductor) – 1 March 2018
  • Oak Ridge (Tenn.) Community Band/Wind Ensemble (Dale Pendley, conductor) – 11 February 2018
  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University Wind Ensemble (David T. Kehler, conductor; North Atlanta Trumpet Ensemble; Douglas Lindsey, trumpet) – 19 April 2017
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, Wind Ensemble (Paul Bambach, conductor) – 9 March 2017
  • Capitol Symphonic Winds (West Hartford, Conn.) (Gary Partridge, conductor) – 30 November 2016
  • United States Army Band (Ft. Myer, Va.) (Richard Henebry, conductor) – 19 May 2016
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Wind Symphony (Kevin L. Sedatole, conductor) – 28 April 2016
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Ensemble (Jack A Eaddy, Jr., conductor) – 29 March 2016
  • University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, Wind Ensemble (Rob McWilliams, conductor) - 2015

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Girsberger, Russ. Percussion Assignments for Band & Wind Ensemble: Volume 2 L-Z. Galesville, MD: Meredith Music Publications, 2004, 342. Print.
  • Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "John Williams." Accessed 29 March 2016
  • Williams, J.; Lavender, P. (1996). Summon the Heroes: Written for the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Modern Olympic Games [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.