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Dancin' into the 20's

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Donald Hunsberger

Arranged by Donald Hunsberger

Subtitle: A Ragtime Dance Music Revue

General Info

Year: 1999
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $200.00   |   Score Only - $50.00

For further availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


1.. Piccalilli rag - Two Step (1918) (George A. Reeg, Jr.)
2. The Richard's tango (1913) (Elizabeth Scates)
3. A Waltz set / music by Victor Herbert
4. Hunkatin - a half tone one-step (1918) (Sol P. Levy)


Full Score
C Piccolo (doubling Flute)
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass 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-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bells
  • Drumset
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The music included in Dancin' into the 20's has been chosen to reflect some of the styles of music and corresponding use for exhibition and social dancing during the years leading into the 1920s. Each of the works has been orchestrated for wind band from extant published orchestra music of the period. The outside one-two step movements are energetic and perhaps more brusque in nature than The Richard's Tango and the Set of Waltzes from Victor Herbert's operetta scores. Each work may be programmed individually, and hopefully, the compilation will serve as a special example of music from a bygone era in American musical and theatrical history.

- Program Note from publisher

This medley contains 1. Piccalilli rag, 2 step / music by George A. Reeg jr.; 2. The Richard's tango / music by Elizabeth Scates; 3. Waltz set / music by Victor Herbert; and 4. Hunkatin / music by Sol P. Levy.


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State Ratings



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  • Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) Wind Symphony (James Batcheller, conductor) - 19 April 2022
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Fletcher Ferrara, conductor) – 28 October 2018
  • Allegheny College (Meadville, Penn.) Band Camp for Adult Musicians (Timothy W. Foley, conductor) - 15 June 2018
  • Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble (Oneonta, N.Y.) (Scott Rabeler, conductor) – 21 January 2018
  • Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble (Oneonta, N.Y.) (Scott Rabeler, conductor) - 25 January 2015

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Perusal score
  • Reeg, G.; Hunsberger, D. (1999). Dancin' into the 20's: A Ragtime Dance Music Revue [score]. Warner Bros.: Miami, Fla.