One-Lady Band from Owego, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Dana Wilson

Dana Wilson

General Info

Year: 2021
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Dana Wilson
Cost: Score and Parts - Contact composer


Full Score
Flute I-II (I doubling Piccolo, optional)
Bassoon (optional)
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
String Bass (optional)
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • China Cymbals (or Splash Cymbal)
  • Cowbell (small)
  • Drumset
  • Hi-Hat
  • Maracas
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal (small and medium)
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Toms (small, medium and large)
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Fannie Beaumont, who lived in Owego, New York, and composed Rotary March for its Rotary Club, was a "one lady four-piece orchestra" who played trumpet, piano, drum and cymbals simultaneously. In that spirit, this work captures the dance energy. counterpoint, and prominent use of percussion that her brash approach to music-making implied, though the dance style has been updated. This work also employs a prominent musical figure in Ms. Beaumont's Pretty Water Lillies.

At the same time, this piece was written during a time when our country was enduring a brutal pandemic and a series of Black Lives Matter protests that enveloped our collective consciousness, and so for some of its main material the piece also draws upon the dark insistence of Prokofiev's seventh piano sonata (composed in Russia during another difficult time: the Second World War).

The piece was commissioned by the Owego Free Academy Music Department and the OA band conductor Lindsey Williams, for the Owego Community and to honor Frank Battisti on his 90th birthday. A famed conductor, Frank is a mentor and former professor of Ms. Williams and a dear friend of -- and frequent collaborator with -- the composer, and happened to do his student teaching at Owego Academy in the 1950's.

Thanks also to the collaborators on this project: the Owego Rotary Club (as part of their centennial celebration), the Tioga County Historical Society, and the OA Music Boosters.

- Program Note from score


None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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Works for Winds by this Composer

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


  • Lindsey Williams, personal correspondence, August 2022
  • Williams, Lindsey E. "A Community Bands Together to Honors Its Musical History." The Instrumentalist, Vo. 77, No. 1 (Aug/Sept. 2022), pp. 6,8,10-11. Print.