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Dana Wilson

Dana Wilson

General Info

Year: 2003
Duration: c. 2:50
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey and Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |  Score Only - $12.95


Full Score
Flute I-II (I doubling Piccolo)
Oboe (optional)
Bassoon (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
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
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Afushi
  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Conga Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (Tam-tam)
  • Mark Tree
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbals (small and medium)
  • Timpani (3)
  • Tom-Toms (3)
  • Triangle (small)
  • Xylophone


  • Oboe, m.68: Second slur connects to C in next measure.
  • Bassoon, m.47: Slurs missing on 4th-6th, 10th-12th 16th notes.
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III, m.56: Slur first three 16th notes.
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet III, m.15: F natural
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet III, m.9: B should be B-flat.
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone, m.38: Slur all notes in first two beats.
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone, m.39: Slur 16ths and staccato on last eighth.
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone, m.93: Slur all notes in first beat but staccato on beginning of beat 2.
  • Saxophones (all), m.68: Second slur connects to C in next measure.
  • Saxophones (all), m.79-86: Should be staccato on beat 3.
  • B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV, m.5: Time should be one measure of 2/4; m.6 returns to 3 / 4.
  • B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV, m.86: Staccatos missing in trumpets on 8th notes on beats 3 and 4
  • Horn in F I-II-III-IV, m.94: Trill B-flat.
  • All instruments with figure, m.11-12: End of beat two should be tied to beginning of beat three.

Alternate B-flat Bass Clarinet and Double bass parts available on Dana Wilson website

Program Notes

Shortcut Home is a rousing, rather elaborate fanfare that features each section of the ensemble. Drawing upon various jazz styles, the music proclaims and cascades, always driving towards the "home" of the final, C Major chord.

Shortcut Home was commissioned by the Hillsborough (New Jersey) High School Band, Mindy Scheierman, director.

- Program Note by composer

Three minutes in duration, the work features 17 meter changes in its 94 measures.

- Program Note from Austin Symphonic Band concert program, 2 April 2018

American composer Dana Wilson completed Shortcut Home in 1998, in fulfillment of a commission by the Hillsboro (New Jersey) High School Band.  Showcasing each section of the ensemble, this jazz-influenced fanfare hovers around the “home” of C Major for the entirety of the piece.  This “home” tonality is implied from the work’s very first note, but is obscured and clouded throughout with dense harmony, changing meter, and surprising flourishes.  Utilizing devices such as pitch bends, walking bass lines, and drum set patterns, Wilson creates a stylized and energetic “shortcut” toward the satisfying final note -- the only pure major triad to be found in the piece.

- Program Note from Indiana University Concert Band program, 7 February 2023


State Ratings

  • Kansas: IV
  • Louisiana: III
  • Michigan: Senior High AA
  • North Carolina: VI
  • Texas: IV. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Delaware Winds (Dover) (Michael D. Russo, conductor) - 28 October 2023
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Concert Band (Megan Cooney, conductor) - 19 October 2023
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Concert Band (Christopher Nelson, conducting) – 7 February 2023
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Tuesday/Thursday Morning Concert Band (Archie G. Birknerr, conductor) - 28 February 2022
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, All College Band (Daryl Warren, conductor) – 4 March 2020
  • Grand Street Community Band (Brooklyn, N.Y.) (David Blumenthal, conductor) – 14 December 2019
  • Capitol Symphonic Winds (Hartford, Conn.) (Dan D’Addio, conductor) – 11 December 2019
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Symphony Band (Phillip A. Ostrander, conductor) – 22 November 2019
  • University of North Texas (Denton) University Band (Brett Penshorn, conductor) – 6 November 2019
  • Texas A&M University (Lubbock) Symphonic Winds (Travis Almany, conductor) – 13 October 2019
  • Bowling Green (Ohio) State University Concert Band (Bruce Moss, conductor) – 3 October 2019
  • Colorado Mesa University (Grand Junction) Wind Symphony (Calvin Hofer, conductor) – 10 May 2019
  • California State University, Los Angeles Wind Ensemble (Emily Moss, conductor) – 8 May 2019
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Boomer Band (Brian Britt, conductor) – 18 April 2019
  • Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Symphonic Band (Brian Youngblood, conductor) – 18 April 2019
  • University of Colorado Boulder Concert Band (Matthew Dockendorf, conductor) – 25 February 2019
  • Moline (Ill.) High School Symphonic Band (Zach Morton, conductor) – 23 February 2019
  • Southwest Washington (Camas) Wind Symphony (Patrick Murphy, conductor) – 21 October 2018
  • Kansas State University (Manhattan) Wind Symphony (Alex Wimmer, conductor) - 17 October 2018
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College (Milwaukee) Concert Band (Terry S. Treuden, conductor) – 5 October 2018
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Wind Ensemble (John R. Locke, conductor) – 27 September 2018
  • Strasbourg Conservatory of Music (Strasbourg, France), Orchestre à vents (Miguel Etchegoncelay, conductor) - 16 December 2007

Works for Winds by This Composer

A complete list of Dana Wilson's compositions may be found here:


  • Dana Wilson website.
  • Wilson, D. (2003). Shortcut Home: For Band or Wind Ensemble [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: New York.