Peace Dancer

From Wind Repertory Project
Jodie Blackshaw

Jodie Blackshaw

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 4:55
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $145.00   |   Score Only (print) - $35.00


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

  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone I-II


  • All, reh. D (m.39): Add tempo marking quarter =72-78. With this addition, the tenure marked at m.49 would now behave more like a molto rit.
  • Clarinet III, m.12: Note is C-sharp, not C.

Program Notes

Peace Dancer is inspired by the First Nations text of the same name by Roy Henry Vickers (Squamish Nation). In the words of the author:

The story Peace Dancer is about a song and dance that is thousands of years old originating from the time of the flood. Songs have been composed for different Chiefs up and down the Pacific Northwest coast. The Chief who is chosen to do this sacred dance is recognized as a healer in each community, and the songs and dances are a reminder of the great flood and how the people lost their way and their love for all things in creation. During the dance there is a time when the dancer shakes the eagle down from their headdress to remind the people of the flood.

While this text affords many music-making opportunities, the composer chose to focus on one moment.

We have really lost our way, we have not taught our children love and respect.

This is achieved by dividing this short piece into "moments" of meditation, awakening, realization, and humility. It takes you, the audience, on an emotional journey, similar to realizing you have been in the wrong; maybe you have been unkind or acted in a way that does not become you. Once you realize the consequences of your actions, remorse and the understanding that there is a need to move forward with grace and humility follows. Thus is the lesson of Peace Dancer.

- Program Note from University of British Columbia Symphonic Wind Ensemble concert program, 18 November 2017


State Ratings

  • MusicFest Canada: B500


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  • Penn State University (University Park) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Leila Gil, conductor) - 1 December 2022
  • University of Windsor (Ont., Can.) University Wind Ensemble (Trevor Pittman, conductor) - 25 November 2022
  • University of Toronto (Ont., Can.) Wind Ensemble (Jeffrey Reynolds, conductor) - 14 October 2022
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  • Syracuse (N.Y.) University Wind Ensemble (Timothy Diem, conductor) - 19 October 2021
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  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Symphonic Band (Lisa Tatum, conductor) - 1 April 2021
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  • CBDNA East Intercollegiate Band (Philadelphia, Penn.) (Elizabeth Peterson, conductor) – 22 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 Eastern Division Conference, Philadelphia, Penn.)
  • DePaul University (Chicago, Ill.) Wind Symphony (John Stewart, conductor) – 21 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 North Central Division Conference, Chicago, Ill.)
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  • Western Carolina University (Cullowhee, N.C.) Wind Ensemble (Margaret Underwood, conductor)– 15 November 2019
  • McLennan College (Waco, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Jon Conrad, conductor) 29 October 2019
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  • Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Symphony Band (Shaun R. Popp, conductor) - 1 May 2019
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