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Wild Dance

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Douglas Akey

Douglas Akey

General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 3:05
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Grand Mesa Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Sax I-II
Bb Tenor Sax
Eb Baritone Sax
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Bongos
  • Claves
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Maracas
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block (Regular and Piccolo)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Starting from a small ensemble of upper woodwinds and xylophone, this gripping work roars to life as the work takes shape in a wildly exciting musical scenario. Wild Dance features mixed and asymmetric meters, a smoking presto tempo, and a huge variety of scoring combinations that make it a wild musical ride unlike any other. Composer Akey has here created another truly stellar work that should find its way onto concerts of fine groups around the world!

- Program Note by Grand Mesa Music

Dedicated to Bill Richardson, director of bands at Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, Arizona, Wild Dance is a light and playful work that uses mixed meter, asymmetrical meter, and brisk tempo to maintain a fun and energetic feel throughout. Written in seven-part rondo form, Akey keeps the audience guessing through not only constant meter changes, but by frequent orchestration changes and dramatic dynamic shifts as well.

- Program Note by McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band concert program, 18 December 2014


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti) Campus Band (J. Nick Smith, conductor) - 6 March 2023
  • Ohio State University (Columbus) High School Honor Symphonic Band (Scott A. Jones, conductor) – 19 January 2020
  • Christian Academy of Louisville (Ky.) Wind Ensemble (Matt Wooten, conductor) – 14 October 2019
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) North Star Band (J. Nick Smith, conductor) – 24 October 2018
  • Idaho State University (Pocatello) Civic Concert Band (Thomas Klosss, conductor) - 21 April 2018
  • Whitman College (Walla Walla, Wash.) Wind Ensemble (Gary Gemberling, conductor) – 20 April 2018
  • Lockport (Ill.) Township High School Freshman Band (Brian Covey, conductor) – 28 April 2016
  • Wood Oaks Junior High School (Northbrook, Ill.) (Wayne Gordon, conductor) – 28 April 2016
  • McCracken Middle School (Skokie, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Chip De Stefano, conductor) – 18 December 2013 (2013 Midwest Clinic)
  • Eastern High School (Middletown, Ky.) Concert Band (Mike Arthur, conductor) - December 2012

Works for Winds by This Composer


None discovered thus far.