With the London Olympics wrapping up we’ve all heard the Olympic Fanfare, Bugler’s Dream a thousand times by now. But, did you know that the music used is not an official Olympic theme and that it only started being used by ABC during their coverage of the 1968 Winter Olympics? What this means is that if you didn’t grow up watching the Olympics on American TV, you might not be familiar with the theme.
And this theme is not always used in every Olympics here in the United States. When CBS won the rights to the Winter Olympics for 1992, 1994, 1998 they didn’t use Bugler’s Dream, opting for a composition by Tamara Kline.
For the Seoul Olympics in 1998, NBC also did not use Bugler’s Dream, using a piece composed by John Williams “The Olympic Spirit”.
NBC currently uses Bugler’s Dream opening and then seamlessly transitions to part of John Williams’ Olympic Fanfare and Theme.
As a comparison, in Canada, CTV’s Olympic Theme for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games