Adventures on Earth

From Wind Repertory Project
John Williams

John Williams (trans. Paul Lavender)

Subtitle: From ET the Extra-Terrestrial

General Info

Year: 1982 / 2007
Duration: c. 10:44
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $295.00   |   Score Only - $40.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute III
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II/English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon/Bassoon III
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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
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
  • Piatti
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Here is the dynamic suite from the landmark Steven Spielberg classic film about a boy named Elliott and his extra-terrestrial friend.

- Program Note from publisher

The premiere performance of Adventures On Earth for concert band was conducted by John Williams as part of the 205th anniversary concert of the United States Marine Band, July 12, 2003, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C.

Williams’ exciting and endearing score for the 1982 science fiction adventure film E. T. (The Extra-Terrestrial) won the 1983 Academy Award for best original film score, as well as praise from director Steven Spielberg as “John Williams’ best work for the movies.” The composer’s emotional connection with his score so impressed Spielberg that the director allowed him to record the music for the final scenes without measuring it closely to the edited film, opting instead to re-edit the video to conform to Williams’ expressive conducting. Adventures on Earth combines themes from the last part of the film, encompassing the thrill of the iconic bicycle chase, the poignancy of the tearful goodbye, and the wonder of the spaceship’s ascent into the night sky.

- Program Note from U.S. Marine Band concert program, 25 July 2019


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Wind Symphony (William Wakefield, conductor) - 19 February 2023
  • Towson (Md.) University Symphonic Band (Christopher Cicconi, conductor) - 1 December 2022
  • Sinclair Community College (Dayton, Ohio) Wind Symphony (Michael Berning, conductor) - 13 November 2022
  • University of Texas (Austin) Wind Ensemble (Jerry Junkin, conductor) – 30 March 2022
  • Texas A&M University (College Station) Wind Symphony (Timothy Rhea, conductor) - 25 April 2021
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) - 25 July 2019
  • New Orleans (La.) Concert Band (Charles Taylor, conductor) – 28 October 2018
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Symphony Band (Mark Heidel, conductor) – 30 April 2018
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Ryan J. Nowlin, conductor) – 4 February 2018
  • Lone Star Wind Orchestra (Dallas, Tex.) (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) – 28 January 2018
  • Northeastern State University (Tahlequah, Okla.) Wind Ensemble (James Adams, conductor) – 17 November 2017
  • Indiana Wind Symphony (Carmel) (Charlie Conrad, conductor)– 7 October 2017
  • Dallas (Texas) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor) – 19 April 2016
  • Lone Star Wind Orchestra (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) – 25 October 2015
  • Arméns Musikkår konserterar i Berwaldhallen (Sweden) (Mika Eichenholz, conductor) - 12 February 2012

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