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John Williams

John Williams (arr. Robert Lowden)

Subtitle: Suite for Concert Band

General Info

Year: 1979
Duration: c. 6:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $9.00

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass (or Electric Bass)
Guitar (optional)
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Crash Cymbals
  • Chimes
  • Drum Set
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


In Parts:

  • Timpani, m.3: Add a hairpin crescendo starting on beat 3 and ending before m.4
  • Timpani, m.31: Add a marcato on the eighth note on beat 7 (beat 3)
  • Timpani, m.37: The hairpin crescendo should start on the 3rd note of the triplet on beat 3
  • Timpani, m.61: Add an accent on the F in beat 4
  • Timpani, m.83: The "mf" dynamic marking on beat 4 should be a "f"
  • Timpani, m.94: Add a staccato on the G on the and of beat 4
  • Timpani, m.154: Add a marcato on the C on beat 1
  • Timpani, m.161: The hairpin crescendo should start on beat 1

- Potential errata noted by Matthew LeFebvre

Program Notes

Few fictional characters have been as prolific in mainstream entertainment as the Man of Steel. From the original comic stories in the 1930s to the Clayton Collyer radio show and Paramount’s animated shorts in the '40s, the Kirk Alyn television shows of the '50s, the musical adaptation for theatre and George Reeves series of the '60s, the feature films of the '70s and '80s, the television spin-offs of the '90s and '00s, and finally, a resurrection to the big screen in 2006, the legend of Superman has thrived for more than 60 years. Upon the first major motion picture production in the mid-'70s, director Richard Donner and his producers determined that the character would be treated with respect while, after all his adventures, providing him with a massive scale on which to generate his wonder. Their success in that production yielded four Oscar nominations (with one win) and a permanent “most favored Superman” status for actor Christopher Reeve.

The wind band arrangement of John Williams’ film score includes The Main Theme, The Planet Krypton, The March of the Villains, Can You Read My Mind?, and the Finale.

- Program Note by San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra concert program, 29 October 2011


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Florida Symphonic Winds (Clearwater) (Jeffrey Traster, conductor) - 16 July 2022
  • Contra Costa Wind Symphony (Walnut Creek, Calif.) (Brad Hogarth, conductor) – 23 October 2019
  • Encore Winds (Traverse City, Mich.) (Timothy Topolewski, conductor) - 20 May 2018
  • Indiana Wind Symphony (Carmel) (Charlie Conrad, conductor)– 7 October 2017
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Randy Schwalbe, conductor) – 30 October 2016
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (David Rackley, conductor) – 25 September 2016
  • Allan Hancock College (Santa Maria, Calif.) Concert Band (Greg Orwell, conductor) - 9 May 2015
  • United States Navy Band (Brian O. Weldon, conductor) - 17 June 2014
  • Silliman University (Dumaguete, Philippines) Concert Band (Prof. Basa, conductor) - 18 January 2014
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (Jennifer Martin, conductor) - 29 October 2011

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Williams, J.; Lowden, R. (1979). Superman: Suite for Concert Band [score]. Warner Tamberland Publicating Corp.: New York.