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| January 20, 2016

By Corina Vanek • Arizona Daily Sun

David Cripps may now be the Flagstaff High School orchestra teacher, but the celebrated horn player still gets asked about another performance, a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.

“Carrie Fisher thinks she was Princess Leia,” Cripps joked. “But really, it’s me.”

Cripps played the lead horn in the London Symphony Orchestra under Grammy-winning composer John Williams when the score for Star Wars was recorded. All of the horn solo parts in the three original Star Wars movies were played by Cripps, including “Princess Leia’s Theme.” Cripps also played in the three original “Superman” movies, also composed by Williams.

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