Walter Kent (29 November 1911, New York City – 2 March 1994, Woodland Hills, Calif.) was an American composer.
Kent studied at the City College of New York and the Juilliard School of Music, and took advanced violin studies with Leopold Auer and Samuel Gardner. He conducted his own orchestra on radio and in theaters. In 1943, he went to Hollywood, where he worked as a free-lance composer.
Kent wrote music for many motion pictures, including Johnny Appleseed, for which he won a Critic’s Circle Award. He also wrote music for Broadway musicals, including The Ziegfield Follies. His most famous song is the Christmas classic, I'll Be Home for Christmas.
Works for Winds
- Ah, But It Happens (arr, Warrington) (1948)
- I'll Be Home for Christmas (arr. Swearingen) (1943/1990)
- The White Cliffs of Dover (arr. Briegel) (1941)
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Walter Kent." Accessed 23 September 2017
- Walter Kent, Wikipedia Accessed 23 September 2017