Symphony No. 1 "The Lord of the Rings" is the first symphony for concert band written by Johan de Meij. It premiered in 1988 with the Groot Harmonieorkest van de Belgische Gidsen conducted by Norbert Nozy. The symphony is based on literary themes from the fantasy novel by J.R.R. Tolkien.
In 1989 the symphony won the Sudler Composition Award.
The symphony consists of five movements, each illustrating a personage or an important episode from the book:
The CD by the military band Koninklijke Militaire Kapel helped give the symphony worldwide acclaim. In 1989 the symphony won the Sudler Composition Award. It has been recorded by several orchestras. An orchestral version of the piece, orchestrated by Henk de Vlieger, was premiered and recorded in 2001 by the London Symphony Orchestra to coincide with the release of the 2001 film, The Fellowship of the Ring.
- Dutch Royal Military Band conducted by Pierre Kuijpers (Ottavo, 1989) *The composer served as music advisor for this recording
- The Danish Concert Band conducted by Jørgen Misser Jensen (Copenhagen, 1994)
- Ensemble vents et Percussion de Quebec conducted by Rene' Joly (ATMA, 1997)
- The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Warble (2001)
- Blaeserphilharmonie Regensburg conducted by Joerg Seggelke (2007) 
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