Symphonic Suite from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" (arr Bocook)

From Wind Repertory Project
John Williams

John Williams (arr. Jay Bocook)

General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 7:25
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $90.00; (digital) - $90.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00; (digital) - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo (doubling Flute)
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass 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
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba (4.3 octaves)
  • Snare Drums (2)
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Triangle
  • Tuned Drums (3)
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


In Score and Parts:

  • Percussion II, m.178-179: Move this passage for both instruments over one measure to m.179-180

- Potential errata noted by Matthew LeFebvre

Program Notes

Expertly arranged for band by Jay Bocook, the Symphonic Suite is true to John Williams’ masterful scoring for the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which earned Williams his 50th Academy Award nomination. This suite is based on the Grammy-winning soundtrack’s Jedi Steps and Finale, where themes from the Main Title and The Attack on the Jakku Village, Rey’s Theme, “Follow Me, I Can Fly Anything, and March of the Resistance are woven together. It also features an additional “concert ending,” courtesy of Mr. Williams.

- Program Note from Kennesaw State University University Band concert program, 24 February 2020

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (also known as Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens) is a 2015 American epic space opera film directed, co-produced, and co-written by J. J. Abrams. The seventh installment in the main Star Wars film series, it stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Max von Sydow. The Force Awakens is set 30 years after Return of the Jedi; it follows Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron's search for Luke Skywalker and their fight alongside the Resistance, led by veterans of the Rebel Alliance, against Kylo Ren and the First Order, successor to the Galactic Empire. John Williams, composer for the previous six films, returned to compose its score.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • California State University, Long Beach, Concert Band (Adam Friedrich, conductor) - 5 December 2023
  • River Valley Wind Ensemble (Bourbonnais, Ill.) (David Conrad, conductor) - 12 May 2023
  • University of Wyoming (Laramie) Symphonic Band Joseph Carver, conductor) - 2 May 2022
  • Illinois State University (Normal) University Band (F. Mack Wood, conductor) – 28 April 2021
  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University University Band (Joseph Scheivert, conductor) – 24 February 2020
  • Sacramento (Calif.) Symphonic Winds (Tim Smith conductor) – 11 February 2020
  • Youth Wind Ensemble of Westchester (Ossining, N.Y.) (Bradley Morrison, conductor) – 4 May 2018
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Symphony Band (Mark Heidel, conductor) – 30 April 2018
  • University of Texas (Austin) Longhorn Concert Band (Ryan S. Kelly, conductor) – 25 February 2018
  • Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble (Oneonta, N.Y.) (Scott Rabeler, conductor) – 21 January 2018
  • Contra Costa Wind Symphony (Walnut Creek, Calif.) (Brad Hogarth, conductor) – 21 May 2017
  • Coastal Communities Concert Band (San Diego, Calif.) (Tom Cole, conductor) – 30 April 2017
  • Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Wind Ensemble (Steven M. Knight, conductor) – 29 November 2016
  • University of South Alabama (Mobile) Wind Ensemble (William Petersen, conductor) – 9 November 2016
  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Crane Wind Ensemble (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) – 23 September 2016
  • Arkansas Winds Community Concert Band (Fayetteville) (Mike Ferguson, conductor) – 11 July 2016
  • River Valley Wind Ensemble (Kankakee County, Ill.) (David Conrad, conductor) – 16 May 2016

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