The music of the Olympics
Jay Bocook, director of athletic bands at Furman, has had a strong connection with the Olympic Games over the years. He was responsible for taking composer John Williams’ original orchestra scores and turning them into band scores for the Olympic bands, which were heard during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta and the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.
In the summer of 2003, Bocook’s music transcriptions of Williams’ work were premiered by the U.S. Marine Band in a concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and conducted by the noted composer. WSPA-TV’s “Scene on 7” reported on the music professor’s work.