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David Holsinger

David Holsinger

General Info

Year: 1985
Duration: c. 5:40
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: TRN Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $90.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Guiro
  • Hi-hat (optional)
  • Orchestra Bells (or Glockenspiel)
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


  • Orchestra Bells and Chines, m.62: Add 3/4 meter signature

Program Notes

David Holsinger's first child, his daughter Haven, was the inspiration for this 1983 composition. Its driving rhythms represent the energy of an eight year old, who was constantly dancing and twirling around the house, dreaming of being a ballerina. The composition undergoes several variations in style, but it is always filled with energy. Some passages evoke the image of a single dancer, with solo pirouettes and leaps; these light efforts grow to draw in the full dance company with an unrelenting, underlying rhythm. Havendance is the first of three dancesongs honoring the composer's children; Nilesdance and Graysondance reflect the diverse personalities of his two sons.

- Program notes by David Bruce Adams


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State Ratings

  • Arkansas: IV
  • Georgia: V
  • Iowa: IV
  • Indiana: Senior Band Group II
  • Michigan: Senior High Class A
  • Minnesota: II
  • New York: IV
  • South Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: V
  • Texas: III. Complete


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  • University of Windsor (Ont., Can.) Wind Ensemble (Nicholas Papador, conductor) - 23 November 2023
  • University of North Dakota (Grand Forks) University Band (James Popejoy, conductor) - 25 April 2023
  • Tarleton State University (Stephenville, Tx.) Symphonic Band (David Robinson, conductor) - 14 November 2021
  • 191st Army Band (Dublin, Calif.) (Jeremy Garrido, conductor) – 9 June 2019 (Golden Gate Park, San Francisco)
  • Montgomery County Concert Band (Hatfield, Penn.) (Chuck Neidhardt, conductor) – 23 April 2019 (ACB 2019 Annual Convention (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.))
  • Indiana University at South Bend Wind Symphony / Twin Cities Concert Band (Dennis Gamble, conductor) - 30 March 2019
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Campus Concert Band (Joe Clark, conductor) – 29 April 2018
  • University of Arizona (Tucson) Concert Band (Evan Gibson, conductor) – 28 April 2018
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Monday Night Band - 18 April 2018
  • Sacramento (Calif.) Symphonic Winds (Tim Smith conductor) – 18 March 2018
  • Madera (Calif.) South High School Wind Band (Jay Rossette, conductor) - 21 April 2017 (2017 San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) Concert Band Invitational)
  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (David Holsinger, conductor) – 10 April 2017
  • Madera (Calif.) South High School Wind Ensemble (Jay Rossette, conductor) - 24 March 2017 (2017 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • Ohlone Community Band (Fremont, Calif.) (Tony Clements, conductor) – 15 March 2017
  • University of Missouri (Columbia) University Band (Gretchen Pohlman, conductor) – 14 March 2017
  • Edison High School (Fresno, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Robert Madrid, conductor) - 15 April 2016 (2016 San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) Concert Band Invitational)
  • Illinois State University (Normal) University Band (Gavin Smith, conductor) – 13 November 2015
  • San Jose Metropolitan Band (Gregory Bergantz, conductor) - 19 October 2014
  • Madera (Calif.) South High School Band (Jay Rossette, conductor) - 21 March 2014 (2014 Sutherland Wind Festival, Fresno, Calif.)
  • Ely High School Band, Ely MN (Nolan Hauta, conductor) - 13 March 2012

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • David Holsinger website Accessed 29 August 2021
  • Holsinger, D. (1985). Havendance [score]. TRN Music: Ruidoso, N.M.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 294.