John Colby  -  Class of 1967

Inducted: 2012

 


 

The APHS class of 1967 is proud to claim John Colby, winner of multiple awards including a Grammy, two ACE awards and four Emmy's, as one of its own.

Mr. Colby was graduated with a degree in psychology in 1971 from George Washington University in Washington, DC.

John, who has an extensive musical career, is known as a leading composer and producer of sports music for virtually every sporting event for the past twenty-five years.
He is best known as the composer of ESPN SportsCenter theme. John is also responsible for music composition and/or original theme music for such varies sports events as Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII, the 1988 Olympics, Wimbledon, the Ryder Cup, the Indy 500 race, America's Cup race, and NHL events. From 1984 to 1982, John Colby was the musical director/ band leader of the nationally-televised ESPY show.

Not limited to sports, John Colby composed and produced the music for two academy award film nominees: Ken Burns' "The Brooklyn Bridge" and Florentine Films' "The Garden of Eden". In fact, John Colby received a Grammy for the sound track of Ken Burns' "Civil War". In addition, in the late 70's, John was music director for national touring companies of the Broadway productions of "Jesus Christ Superstar", "The Wiz", and "Oh! Calcutta!"  Television shows for which he has composed music are Inside Edition and Comedy Central.

John Colby has collaborated with and played keyboards with such legendary musicians as the late Clarence Clemons (saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen), Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Jamie Foxx, Willy Nelson and Dionne Warwick to name a few.

John performs on keyboard with his wife of 28 years, the famous jazz singer Beverly Rohlehr, in his band, The Colbys.

His favorite quote is "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do".