Legendary Composer John Williams Creates Original Score for ESPN’s College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T

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Legendary Composer John Williams Creates Original Score for ESPN’s College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T

Credit: ESPN

Original Composition: “Of Grit And Glory”

  • Run time: 3.5 minutes
  • Debuts Monday, Jan. 9, at 7:25 p.m. ET on ESPN as part of the special open for the College Football Playoff National Championship (TCU vs. Georgia). Additional excerpts will be used throughout the game telecast.
  • John Williams’ score will accompany college football visuals that showcase this year’s CFP National Championship teams, as well as legendary players (Tony Dorsett, Tommie Frazier, Tim Tebow, Peter Warrick and Vince Young) who have won national titles.
  • The recording was performed by a 96-piece orchestra in Los Angeles

Composed by: John Williams

  • Williams’ legendary credits include: Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and Home Alone
  • Williams holds the record for the most Oscar nominations by a living person (52). Only Walt Disney earned more nominations (59) in the history of the Academy Awards.

Anthem directed by: ESPN’s Martin Khodabakhshian and Mike Sciallis of Victory Pictures

Williams, on the ESPN project (via Variety): “Intercollegiate football has been at the heart and soul of our nation’s life for so long that the opportunity to musically salute this great tradition has been a particularly meaningful joy for me. I was thrilled and excited when ESPN suggested that I write a theme for the Jan. 9 championship game. The games themselves always raise the collective spirit and, in the end, the competition brings us all closer to a place where the concept of winners and losers dissolves into mutual respect and admiration. The invitation to write this music constitutes a great honor for me, and I feel especially privileged to make a small contribution to one of our country’s most treasured traditions.”

More details available on ESPN Front Row.

Original Score Credits:
Music Composed and Conducted by John Williams
Shawn Murphy – Music Scoring Mixer
Erik Swanson – Pro-Tools Operator
Ramiro Belgardt – Music Editor
JoAnn Kane Music Service – Music Preparation
Victor Pesavento – Music Librarian
Timothy Loo – Music Contractor
Assen Stoyanov, Brian Van Leer, Keith Ukrisna, Ryan Nelson, Peter Nelson, Greg Dennen – Scoring Crew

ESPN National Championship Game Production Team:
Stephanie Druley – Head of Studio & Event Production
Lee Fitting – Sr. VP Production
Steve Ackels – VP Production
Bill Bonnell – NCG Game Producer & Coordinating Producer
Derek Mobley – NCG Game Director
Bryan Jaroch – Coordinating Producer

ESPN Creative Content Unit (CCU) Production Team:
Craig Lazarus – VP, Exec Producer Original Content & Features
Julie McGlone – VP Production, CCU & SCEU
Aimee Stokes – Sr. Managing Producer, CCU
Amanda Paschal – Managing Producer, CCU
Martin Khodabakhshian – CCU Producer & Director
Mike Sciallis – Co-Director & Editor, Victory Pictures
Jake Roen – CCU Associate Producer
Emmie Polinchock – CCU Production Coordinator
Michelle Walton – CCU Production Coordinator
John MacNamara – Editor
Matt Constas – Associate Producer
Mike Bollacke – Director of Photography
John Cameron – Visual FX Supervisor

ESPN Music Dept:
Claude Mitchell – Coordinating Director Music
Kevin Wilson – Creative Director Music
Joanne Strange – Music Ops Supervisor
Caitlin DelVillano – Sr Music Coordinator

Amanda Brooks

Amanda is the Director of Communications for ESPN College Football and SEC Network, and oversees publicity for college gymnastics and track & field across all ESPN networks. Amanda is a proud alum of Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., and earned her master's in ethics from Vanderbilt University. A native of Kent, Ohio, she is a die-hard Cleveland sports fan.
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