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Dana Wilson

Dana Wilson

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Subtitle: A Wild Ride on an Antique Fire Engine

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 3:50
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

In 1924, the village of Mundelein, Illinois, was so named out of gratitude for then-Chicago Archbishop George Mundelein's monumental financial investment in the community; this came in the form of his purchase of a business college near St. Mary's Lake and his transformation of that college into a seminary. In response to the community's gesture, Archbishop Mundelein (who was elevated to the position of Cardinal by Pope Pius XI around the same time) purchased a new 1925 Stoughton fire engine and donated it to the village fire department.

"Old Number One," as the truck has come to be affectionately known, saw 20 years of service with the Mundelein Fire Department before it was sold in 1945. The truck returned to Mundelein (from North Carolina) in 1994 and again became the property of the Village of Mundelein in time for the Village's 2009 Centennial Celebration. Since then, the village's Old Number One Fire Truck Preservation Committee has worked to preserve and showcase this piece of community history. With a roofless, open top and a maximum speed of approximately 25 miles per hour, Old Number One still makes its way around the community, appearing at local events to spread its inherent message of connectedness through common history.

Subtitled A Wild Ride in an Antique Fire Engine, Dana Wilson's Old Number One is a musical depiction of what the truck's activity may have been like during its heyday serving the people of a still-young Mundelein, Illinois. Honking horns, pealing bells, and wailing sirens complement the work, reminding us all that Old Number One is still on the job and on its way!

- Program Note from Lake County (Ill.) Sun-News


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  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Symphonic Band (Matthew O. Smith, conductor) – 3 May 2018
  • Mundelein (Ill.) High School Wind Ensemble (Jerald Shelato, conductor) – 30 November 2017 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer

A complete list of Dana Wilson's compositions may be found here: