Two Star Wars Fans Figured Out How to Meet John Williams

It was basically John Cusack's plan from Say Anything
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 19, 2016 6:54 PM CDT

(Newser) – Two musicians earned a greeting from legendary Hollywood film composer John Williams by playing his theme from Star Wars outside of his Los Angeles home, the AP reports. A video of the performance was posted on YouTube by Michael Miller, himself a longtime TV composer. The clip shows him playing the famous theme on flugelhorn alongside 13-year-old trumpet player Bryce Hayashi last week on the sidewalk in front of Williams' home. The performance drew the composer to his door, and he later walked down to shake hands with the musicians. Miller says he came up with the "wild and crazy" idea to take the teen he was mentoring to serenade the composer, who lived a couple houses down from Miller's friend's home.

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The performance was the first time the two had performed the duet flawlessly, Miller says. Miller calls himself a big Star Wars fan, but added, "I'm probably more of a John Williams fan than a Star Wars fan." On the video, the 84-year-old Williams joked he didn't think the teen would be able to hit the high notes, but he did. Williams was honored with a life achievement award from the American Film Institute earlier this year. He's also known for his compositions for Jaws, Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park. He has won five Academy Awards for his film scores. (Read more John Williams stories.)

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