Colorado Peaks

From Wind Repertory Project
Dana Wilson

Dana Wilson

General Info

Year: 2009
Duration: c. 5:05
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
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
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbals (3: small, medium and large)
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Tom (3)
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone


In Parts:

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I, m.55, beats 3 and 4: G natural should be G-flat

Program Notes

Written for large concert band, the piece has recurring thematic material throughout but does not adhere to a set formal structure, just as the peaks of the Rocky Mountains are bound by no set pattern. The work, filled with gentle syncopation, simple chromaticism, and timbral variety, is essentially based on two ideas; a crisp quarter-note pulse representative of hiking and the broad reach of the distant mountains first presented in the horns. There is also a tranquil section intended to

be introspective, indicative of all such hiking journeys as metaphors for, and ultimately about, inward growth. Regarding Colorado Peaks, the composer states:

Because this piece was commissioned by an ensemble in Colorado, I wanted the piece to make some reference to the awe-inspiring Colorado Rockies. The work is not, however, a depiction of their majesty. Instead it suggests a person’s relation to them via a rugged and persistent climb.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

  • Georgia: V


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  • Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) Symphonic Band (Cory Near, conductor) - 9 November 2022
  • Ithaca (N.Y.) College Concert Band (Brian Diller, conductor) - 5 October 2022
  • CBDNA East Intercollegiate Band (Philadelphia, Penn.) (Elizabeth Peterson, conductor) – 22 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 Eastern Division Conference, Philadelphia, Penn.)
  • Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, O.) 11-12 High School Honor Band (Elizabeth Peterson, conductor) – 15 February 2020
  • University of Colorado Boulder Concert Band (Melinda Mason, conductor) – 9 December 2019
  • Hartwick College (Oneonta, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Russell Elster, conductor) – 19 November 2019
  • Friends University (Wichita, Kan.)Concert Band (Shawn M. Knopp, conductor) - 4 November 2019
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Symphony Band (Jason Gardner, conductor) – 7 October 2019
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, All College Band (Susan Evans, conductor) – 2 October 2019
  • Brevard (N.C.) College Wind Ensemble (Eric Peterson, conductor) – 14 March 2019
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) University Band (Skye Brown, conductor) – 3 March 2019
  • University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) Symphony Band (Evan Feldman, conductor) – 26 February 2019
  • Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble (Boston) (Allison Lacasse, conductor)– 18 December 2018
  • Ohio University (Athens) Symphonic Band (Rebecca Titus, conductor) – 26 April 2018
  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University Wind Symphony (Archie Birkner IV, conductor) – 1 March 2018
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Concert Band (Archie G. Birkner IV, conductor) – 26 February 2018
  • Culver City (Calif.) High School Concert Band (Tony Spano, conductor) – 23 February 2018
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) University Band (Betsy McCann, conductor) – 30 November 2017
  • University of Missouri (Columbia) Symphonic Band (Brian Silvey, conductor) – 14 March 2017
  • Florida International University (Miami) Symphonic Band (Barry Bernhardt, conductor) – 2 March 2017

Works for Winds by This Composer

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