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Olympic Fanfare and Theme

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John Williams

John Williams (arr. James Curnow)

Subtitle: Commissioned by the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee

General Info

Year: 1984 / 1996
Duration: c. 4:40
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $7.50


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Field Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

John Williams composed the Olympic Fanfare and Theme for the 1984 Olympic Games, which were held in Los Angeles. In 1996, an alternate version of Olympic Fanfare and Theme was released on the album Summon the Heroes for the Atlanta Olympic Games. In this arrangement, the first part of the piece was replaced with Arnaud's Bugler's Dream. Olympic Fanfare and Theme was awarded a Grammy in 1985.

- Program Notes from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

The Olympic Games continue to fascinate and inspire each one of us -- with every presentation of the Games, we experience that complete dedication and unshakable will to persevere that typifies the goal of each competitor. The human spirit soars, and we strive for the vest within us.

These are the qualities that we seek to capture, describe and preserve through music, and it has been my great honor to contribute Olympic Fanfare and Theme to the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. I dedicate it lovingly to all participating athletes, from whom we derive so much strength and inspiration.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Sacramento (Calif.) Symphonic Winds (Matthew Morse, conductor) - 19 March 2023
  • Royal Oak (Mich.) Concert Band (Kevin Czarnik, conductor) - 30 October 2022
  • Berklee College of Music (Boston, Mass.) Symphonic Winds (Dominick Ferrara, conductor) - 16 December 2021
  • North Central College (Naperville, Ill.) Concert Winds (Lawrence Van Oyen, conductor) - 12 October 2021
  • Dallas (Tx.) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor) - 4 July 2021
  • Triangle Wind Ensemble (Cary, N.C.) (Evan Feldman, conductor) - 30 May 2021
  • Wheaton (Ill.) North High School (Wheaton, IL) Wind Ensemble (Kent Krause, conductor) - 26 May 2021
  • Texas A&M University (College Station) Wind Symphony (Timothy Rhea, conductor) - 25 April 2021
  • Salt Lake Symphonic Winds (Salt Lake City, Utah) (Thomas P. Rohrer, conductor) – 15 October 2019
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Randy Schwalbe, conductor) – 3 March 2018
  • Person High School (Roxboro, N.C.) Wind Ensemble (Kristen Daniel, conductor) - 24 May 2018
  • Atlanta (Ga.) Wind Symphony (David Kehler, conductor) – 12 May 2018
  • Prairie Wind Ensemble (East Peoria, Ill.) (Jim Tallman, conductor) – 16 March 2018
  • University of Colorado Boulder Wind Symphony (Donald J. McKinney, conductor) – 23 February 2018
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Ensemble (Nicholas E. Williams, conductor) – 22 February 2018
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Wind Ensemble (John Stanley Ross, conductor) – 16 February 2018
  • Duke University (Durham, N.C.) Wind Symphony (Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, conductor) – 28 September 2017
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Randy Schwalbe, conductor) – 30 October 2016
  • Encore Winds (Traverse City, MI) (Tim Topolewski, conductor) - 16 October 2016
  • Allan Hancock College (Santa Maria, Calif.) Concert Band (Greg Stoll, conductor) – 1 October 2016
  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Crane Wind Ensemble (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) – 23 September 2016

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