Walter Alan Finlayson (b. 2 March 1919, Burlington, Ver. – 16 December 2000) was an American educator, composer and arranger.
Finlayson studied at Ithaca College, Columbia University, and the Juilliard School of Music. His professional career included not only work as a composer and an arranger; he was also a professional artist. Among his artistic endeavors were the cover illustrations of many training piano pieces published by Boosey & Hawkes.
He was also a music educator and retired as chairman of the music department of Katonah-Lewisboro School in 1974. Finlayson wrote quite a few works for band and did extensive guest-conducting, especially of the band of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Finlayson was known especially for his marches Storm King and Thunder Song.
Works for Winds
- Bright Eyes (1955)
- Cantabile (1960)
- Early English Suite (as arranger) (1963)
- Flash of Crimson March (1941)
- Little Prelude (1956)
- Storm King (1946)
- Three Pieces for Band (as arranger) (1966)
- Thunder Song (1952)
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Walter Finlayson." Accessed 17 August 2021
- "Walter Alan Finlayson." Find a Grave. Web. Accessed 17 August 2021