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Dancing Fire

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Kevin Day

Kevin Day

General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 3:50
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $150.00   |   Score Only (print) - $25.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Oboe I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-VII, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Cabasa
  • Claves
  • Conga
  • Drum Set
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

When I was writing Dancing Fire, I wanted to write a piece for my high school band program and its directors for the great pieces we played, the fun times we had, and the excitement our bands created at our concerts. The picture I had in my head before I began writing was a group of people surrounding a large bonfire during the night. These people began dancing around the fire, having fun, singing songs, and ultimately, celebrating life.

Once I had that picture in my head, along with the constant repeating motif that eventually became the melody for the entire piece, the rest of the work fit together nicely, and in two weeks it was done. The composition brings this mental picture I had to life in a fun and energetic way with dance-like percussion and a constant groove, as well as its contagious melody, a mysterious soprano sax solo, and a climactic ending.

This was written in dedication to the Arlington High School Band Program in Arlington, Texas, and to my former band directors, Michael Hejny, Nathan Burum, and Nathan Hervey.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

  • MusicFest Canada: B500


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  • Spring ISD (Houston, Tx.) Alumni Band (Trent Cooper, conductor) - 22 December 2022 (2022 Midwest Clinic)<!-19 -->
  • Toronto (Ont., Can.) Youth Wind Orchestra (Colin Clarke, conductor) - 18 November 2022
  • Cleveland State University (Ohio) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Birch Browning, conductor) – 18 November 2022 (OMEA Districts 4 & 7 Festival 2022)
  • Syracuse (N.Y.) University Wind Ensemble (Timothy Diem, conductor) - 15 November 2022
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Wind Symphony (Tyler Stark, conductor) - 2 October 2022
  • University of Illinois (Champaign/Urbana) Wind Symphony (Stephen Peterson, conductor) — 1 May 2022
  • Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio) Symphonic Winds (Ryan Scherber, conductor) – 20 April 2022
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee) Wind Orchestra (Richard Clary, conductor) - 20 April 2022
  • Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) Concert Band (Cory Near, conductor) - 8 April 2022
  • University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) Wind Ensemble (Travis J. Cross, conductor) – 2 March 2022
  • Texas All-State Concert Band (Richard Mark Heidel, conductor) - 12 February 2022 (2022 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • Tarleton State University (Stephenville, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (David Robinson, conductor) – 10 February 2022 (2022 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • The Naperville (Ill.) Winds (Sean Kelley, conductor) - 7 October 2021
  • University of Delaware (Newark) Wind Ensemble (Lauren Reynolds, conductor) - 7 May 2021
  • University of South Florida (Tampa) Symphonic Band (Matthew McCutchen, conductor) - 7 May 2021
  • Dordt University (Sioux Center, Iowa) Wind Symphony (Onsby Rose, conductor) - 8 March 2021
  • University of South Dakota (Vermillion) Symphonic Band (John P. LaCognata, conductor) - 13 February 2021
  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Wind Ensemble (Catherine Rand, conductor) - 5 March 2020
  • Texas Christian University (Ft. Worth, Texas) Wind Symphony (Bobby R. Francis, conductor) - 14 April 2016 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Day, K. (2016). Dancing Fire [score]. Murphy Music Press: McKinney, Tx.
  • The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 310.
  • Kevin Day, personal correspondence, May 2016
  • Kevin Day website Accessed 15 May 2016