Scenes from the American West

From Wind Repertory Project
Jack Wilds

Jack Wilds

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: II-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00; (digital) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


1. Rocky Mountains – 1:50
2. The Redwood Forest – 2:00
3. Big Bend Petroglyphs – 1:10


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Bongos
  • Chimes
  • Concert Tom
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Lion's Roar
  • Marimba
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Scenes from the American West was commissioned to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. An enthusiastic hiker and camper, the composer intimately expressed how each park conjures vivid emotional reactions that lend themselves to portrayal in musical form.

The first movement is a short fantasia based on the folk song Rock Mountain. It is meant to depict the sheer joy of emerging from the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and experiencing the full panorama of snowcapped peaks.

The second movement touches on the sense of wonder one feels upon encountering the sheer size of a redwood tree. Gentle, dissonant chords slowly build to a mighty peak as the listener imagines flying toward the top of the forest. Big, bold chords represent the view from above the canopy with massive trees swaying in the wind. The audience’s imagination then takes them to a surreal moment in the canopy, where they are engulfed by the sound of creaking branches and bird calls.

The third movement breaks the silence with war drums and a dramatic portrayal of petroglyphs [indigenous rock carvings] at Big Bend National Park in West Texas. The percussion section drives the piece to an intense coda.

- Program Note from Keller Middle School Wind Ensemble concert program, 20 December 2018

The work was commissioned by the Park Crest Middle School Band in Pflugerville, Texas, under directors Rick Lucio and Amanda Pinner.

- Program Nite from score


State Ratings

  • Texas: II. (at least 2 mvts.)


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Jack Wilds Music Accessed 2 August 2021
  • Perusal score
  • Williams, Shiree X. "Scenes from the American West." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 12, Compiled and edited by Andrew Trachsel, 263-270. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2021.