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John Swihart

John Swihart
Occupation composer
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John Swihart is an American musical composer for Film, and Television. He is perhaps best known for his score to "Napoleon Dynamite",[1] "Youth in Revolt",[2] "Employee Of The Month",[3] and his music for the hit TV shows "How I Met Your Mother",[4] and "Go On".[5]

John Swihart was raised in Bloomington, Indiana, the son of a physicist based at Indiana University. He spent a portion of his formative years in Europe and Asia, where his father would sabbatical.

John had some musical training at a very young age but was not deeply absorbed by music until he was about eight. Swihart would leave Indiana to attend Berklee College of Music, in Boston.

Swihart played Chapman Stick, Bass, Guitar and Zither in the Boston, New York and Las Vegas Blue Man Group shows, on his way to Los Angeles. His breakout film project Napoleon Dynamite premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004.[6]

List of films with scores composed by Swihart

  • The Hammer (Bentley Film Group)
  • Full of It (New Line Cinema)
  • Sasquatch Dumpling Gang
  • Daltry Calhoun (Miramax)
  • The Great New Wonderful (Serenade Films)
  • Mall Cop
  • Happy & Bleeding (Mouseroar)
  • For a Good Time Call (AdScott Pictures)

List of Television programs or episodes with scores composed by Swihart

  • Nadine in Dateland
  • Home Blitz (CMT)
  • How to Be a Gentleman (CBS)
  • Web Therapy (Showtime)


Awards and nominations

  • Grammy Nomination (2006) for best compilation soundtrack album for motion picture, television or other visual media (Napoleon Dynamite)


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
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