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Ghost Dances

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Roland Barrett

Roland Barrett

Subtitle: Wounded Knee, 1890

General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 6:45
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $87.00; (digital) - $80.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
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
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Brake Drum
  • Chimes
  • Claves
  • Gong
  • Marimba
  • Rainstick
  • Shakers
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal (2)
  • Tambourine
  • Timbales
  • Tom-Tom (4)
  • Vibra-slap
  • Water Gong
  • Wind Chimes, Metal
  • Wind Chimes, Wooden
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Inspired by the tragic story of the Lakota Sioux massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890, this original work is contemporary in nature, featuring striking aleatoric sections that use melodic fragments from an actual Sioux ghost dance.

- Program Note from publisher

N.B. Further extended notes may be found in the perusal score.


State Ratings

  • Tennessee: IV


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Eastmont High School (East Wenatchee, Wash.) Concert Band (James Mitsuyasu, conductor) - 4 March 2023
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Concert Band (Eric Bush, conductor) – 9 December 2019
  • Phoenix (N.Y.) Community Band (David Frateschi, conductor) – 6 November 2017
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Concert Band (Brian Britt, conductor) – 24 April 2017
  • Templeton (Calif.) High School Band (David Landers, conductor) – 23 March 2016
  • Sir Frederick Banting S.S. Concert Band (London) (Nigel Evans, conductor) – 26 May 2015 

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Barrett, R. (2010). Ghost Dances: Wounded Knee, 1890 [score]. Belwin Band: Van Nuys, Calif.