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Peter Van Zandt Lane

Peter Van Zandt Lane

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 8:05
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Peter Van Zandt Lane
Cost: Score and Parts - $300.00   |   Score Only - $60.00
(Chamber winds version also available)


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Ceramic Flower Pots (2)
  • Floor Tom
  • Marimba
  • Metal Pipe
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangles (small and med.)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Hivemind was commissioned by the Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony for the inaugural Estivo Festival in Verona, Italy, in July 2014. It is a fast-paced, single-movement work that develops thematic material through musical consensus-building. Scattered motives and fragments gradually come together into more cohesive units. Melodies emerge from buzzing textures, trying to make sense of conflicting harmonies. Instruments imitate each other in different ways, until they finally agree on how the music goes, in the more climactic moments of the piece. The ensemble is grounded by two percussionists, each with economical and identical instrument setups, who constantly bounce rhythms back and forth from the far sides of the stage (until they, also, coalesce into unity).

I like to think of the resulting antiphony between percussionists (and other instrument groups as well) as a conversation between the left-brain and right-brain –– a spacial and musical dialogue that reinforces the dichotomy between what is structured and what is free; what is anticipated and what is surprising; and between what is cerebral and what is emotive. It was composed at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, N.H., in the spring of 2014, and is dedicated to conductor John P. Lynch.

- Program Note by composer

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, "hivemind" or "hive mind" can be defined in the following ways:

Science Fiction (a) unified consciousness or intelligence formed by a number of alien individuals, esp. where the resulting consciousness exerts control over its constituent members; (b) any form of thinking or acting among a group of individuals, regarded variously as being stifling of individuality or as leading to a productive collective intelligence.

- Program Note from Teaching Music through Performance in Band



State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti) Wind Symphony (Mary K. Schneider, conductor) - 5 December 2021
  • Sam Houston State University (Huntsville, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Matthew McInturf, conductor) - 13 February 2020 (2020 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • University of Colorado Boulder Symphonic Band (Matthew Dockendorf, conductor) – 6 February 2020
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee) Wind Orchestra (Julia Baumanis, conductor) – 2 February 2019
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Thomas Caneva, conductor) – 20 April 2018
  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Crane Wind Ensemble (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) – 15 March 2018
  • Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.) Band (Peter Haberman, conductor) – 4 February 2018
  • Triangle Wind Ensemble (Cary, NC.) (Evan Feldman, conductor) – 18 November 2017
  • Oklahoma State University (Stillwater) Wind Ensemble (Joseph Missal, conductor) – 17 March 2017 (CBDNA 2017 National Conference, Kansas City, Mo.)
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Wind Symphony (Dustin Barr, conductor) – 4 December 2016
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Wind Symphony (Michael Butler, conductor) – 31 March 2016
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Symphonic Band (John M. Watkins, conductor) – 20 February 2016 (CBDNA 2016 Southern Division Conference, Charleston, S.C.)
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Orchestra (Mark Scatterday, conductor) – 3 February 2016
  • St. Olaf College Band (Northfield, Minn.) (Timothy Mahr, conductor) – 23 January 2016
  • Hodgson Winds (University of Georgia, Athens) (Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor) – 15 September 2015
  • Iowa State University Wind Symphony, (Michael Golemo, conductor) - 24 April 2015
  • Illinois University Wind Symphony, (Linda Moorehouse, conductor) - 4 December 2014 (USA Premiere)
  • Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony, Sydney, Australia. (John P. Lynch, conductor) - 25 September 2014 (Australia Premiere, wind symphony version premiere)
  • Estivo Festival Wind Ensemble, Santa Maria della Pieta , Venice, Italy. (John P. Lynch, conductor) - 18 July 2014 *Premiere Performance of chamber arrangement*

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Mast, Andrew. "Hivemind." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 907-912. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.
  • Peter Van Zandt Lane website.