- Composer and conductor of the theme "Summon the Heroes" for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, GA. Performed during the opening ceremony.
- Director of the Boston Pops Orchestra from January 1980 to 1995.
- Composed music for tag of DreamWorks SKG, co-founded by frequent collaborator Steven Spielberg.
- Composed "Olympic Fanfare and Theme" for the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics.
- Composed "The Olympic Spirit" especially for NBC Sports in celebration of the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics.
- Composed "Call of the Champions" for the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics.
- Composed extra music for the 20th Anniversary of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and conducted a live orchestra for the premiere.
- He composed special music for the E.T. ride, called "E.T. Adventure", at Universal Studios.
- Wrote the foreword for "Greetings, Gate!: The Story of Professor Jerry Colonna" by Bob Colonna.