He Didn’t Know He Was a Sky Ryder

Patrick Williams (Patrick Williams conducting the trumpeter Clark Terry and other musicians at a session in New York in 1962.)

Sky Ryders of the late 1970s and early 1980s may remember a piece called “Threshold.” The corps performed it as an opener in 1979. The corps’ arrangement was by Larry Kerchner.

The composer of that song, Patrick Williams passed away on July 25, 2018 in Santa Monica, CA. He was 79 years old.

Mr. Williams, wrote Grammy Award-winning arrangements as well as Emmy Award-winning scores for hit television shows like “Columbo,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Lou Grant.”

Mr. Williams blended jazz, classical and pop in arrangements that were wholly his own. And in composing for about 200 films and television shows, he harnessed his versatility in creating scores that could be stirring or menacing, understated or dramatic, playful or dignified.

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