Mill City Sketches

From Wind Repertory Project
Nathan Jones

Nathan Jones

General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 5:25
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $9.95


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The city of Minneapolis was built on the back of water power and milling. In 1874, C.C. Washburn harnessed the power of the Mississippi River and completed construction of the world's largest flour mill, the Washburn A. Mill. On May 2, 1878, a spark ignited airborne flour dust which constantly floated in the air. This caused a massive explosion which destroyed the Washburn A Mill and killed 18 workers instantly. The tragic event led to flour mill reforms across the country and new methods to prevent the buildup of the highly volatile flour dust were developed. By 1880, the Washburn A Mill had been rebuilt and produced an astonishing 2,000,000 pounds of flour a day at its peak.

In May of 2014, I visited and toured the museum at the remains of Washburn A Mill, now known as the Mill City Museum. I was inspired by this story of industry from some of America's early entrepreneurial pioneers. This tone poem for wind band chronicles the bustling beginnings of the flour industry in Minneapolis, the catastrophic explosion of Washburn A Mill, the rebuilding period, and the final return to productivity, The piece is intended to be adventurous and exciting.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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