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Composer Williams is ’04 Rose Parade marshal

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The theme of the 2004 Rose Parade is "Music, Music, Music," so it was only fitting that composer John Williams should be the grand marshal of the New Year's Day extravaganza in Pasadena, Calif.

Williams, 71, was named to the honorary post Wednesday by the Tournament of Roses.

"I've never been to the Rose Parade, so I can't wait," said Williams, who added that he was excited the parade would be a "celebration of music and musicians."

Williams has won five Oscars: for the original scores of "Jaws," "Star Wars," "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" and "Schindler's List," and for adaptation and original song score on "Fiddler on the Roof." He has received 42 Oscar nominations, making him the most nominated living person, and he is an 18-time Grammy winner.

The 71-year-old has written the music and served as musical director on more than 90 productions, including the "Indiana Jones," "Harry Potter," and "Jurassic Park" films.

Tournament President Michael K. Riffey said the theme was chosen because music touches everyone.

The 2004 celebration will be the 115th Tournament of Roses. Past grand marshals have included Walt Disney, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bob Hope, Gregory Peck, Fred Rogers, Jimmy Stewart, Shirley Temple, and Kermit the Frog.