John Swihart

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John Swihart

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 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[edit]

List of television programs or episodes with scores composed by Swihart[edit]


Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Golden Satellite Award (2004) for best original score (Napoleon Dynamite)
  • Grammy Nomination (2006) for best compilation soundtrack album for motion picture, television or other visual media (Napoleon Dynamite)


  1. ^ "IMDB page for Napoleon Dynamite". Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  2. ^ "IMDB Page for Youth in Revolt". Retrieved 9 October 2012.
  3. ^ "IMDB page for Employee of the Month". Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  4. ^ "IMDB page for How I Met Your Mother". Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  5. ^ "IMDB Page for Go On".
  6. ^ "Bio page from John Swiharts website". Archived from the original on 7 March 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  7. ^ "John Swihart IMDB Page". Retrieved 27 August 2012.

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