Program Notes for Strategic Air Command March

Composer: Clifton Williams
Arranger: (composer)
Published by: Silver Clef Music Publishing, Inc.
Year: 1963

Clifton Williams was born in Arkansas in 1923. He joined the Army Air Corps as a bandsman in 1942, and after World War II, attended Louisiana State University.

He earned his Master of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music, then taught at the University of Texas at Austin for seventeen years. The ten years before his death in 1976, he taught composition at the University of Miami in Florida.

Clifton Williams is widely acknowledged as the one person who took the band out of the park and put it onto the concert stage. In 1963, Williams wrote the Strategic Air Command concert march, and it was premiered at the New York World’s Fair in 1964 by the Heartland Of America Band from Offutt AFB, Nebraska, headquarters of the Strategic Air Command.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Clifton Williams’ moving Strategic Air Command Concert March.