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
Horn in F I-II-III
- Orchestra Chimes
- Suspended Cymbal
- Vibraphone I-II
- All, reh. D (m.39): Add tempo marking quarter =72-78. With this addition, the tenure marked at m.49 would now behave more like a molto rit.
- Clarinet III, m.12: Note is C-sharp, not C.
Peace Dancer is inspired by the First Nations text of the same name by Roy Henry Vickers (Squamish Nation). In the words of the author:
The story Peace Dancer is about a song and dance that is thousands of years old originating from the time of the flood. Songs have been composed for different Chiefs up and down the Pacific Northwest coast. The Chief who is chosen to do this sacred dance is recognized as a healer in each community, and the songs and dances are a reminder of the great flood and how the people lost their way and their love for all things in creation. During the dance there is a time when the dancer shakes the eagle down from their headdress to remind the people of the flood.
While this text affords many music-making opportunities, the composer chose to focus on one moment.
We have really lost our way, we have not taught our children love and respect.
This is achieved by dividing this short piece into "moments" of meditation, awakening, realization, and humility. It takes you, the audience, on an emotional journey, similar to realizing you have been in the wrong; maybe you have been unkind or acted in a way that does not become you. Once you realize the consequences of your actions, remorse and the understanding that there is a need to move forward with grace and humility follows. Thus is the lesson of Peace Dancer.
- Program Note from University of British Columbia Symphonic Wind Ensemble concert program, 18 November 2017
- Musicfest Canada: B500
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Syracuse (N.Y.) University Wind Ensemble (Timothy Diem, conductor) - 19 October 2021
- Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Wind Symphony (Rubén Darío Gómez, conductor) - 6 October 2021
- Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Symphonic Band (Lisa Tatum, conductor) - 1 April 2021
- University of North Florida (Jacksonville) Wind Symphony (Erin Bodnar, conductor) - 16 November 2020
- California State University, San Bernardino, Symphonic Band (Nicholas Bratcher, conductor) - 10 March 2020
- CBDNA East Intercollegiate Band (Philadelphia, Penn.) (Elizabeth Peterson, conductor) – 22 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 Eastern Division Conference, Philadelphia, Penn.)
- DePaul University (Chicago, Ill.) Wind Symphony (John Stewart, conductor) – 21 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 North Central Division Conference, Chicago, Ill.)
- University of Manitoba (Winnipeg) Wind Ensemble (Jacqueline Dawson, conductor) – 6 December 2019
- Western Carolina University (Cullowhee, N.C.) Wind Ensemble (Margaret Underwood, conductor)– 15 November 2019
- McLennan College (Waco, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Jon Conrad, conductor) 29 October 2019
- Eastman (N.Y.) Community Music School Music Educators Wind Ensemble (Bill Tiberio, conductor) – 20 October 2019
- Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Symphony Band (Shaun R. Popp, conductor) - 1 May 2019
- Northern Illinois University (DeKalb) Wind Symphony (Thomas Bough, conductor) – 22 April 2019
- Pacific Lutheran University (Parkland, Wash.) Wind Ensemble (Edwin Powell, conductor) – 8 February 2019
- University of Illinois (Champaign) Wind Symphony (Elizabeth Peterson, conductor) – 24 January 2019
- University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Robert Taylor, conductor) – 18 November 2017
Works for Winds by This Composer
All Wind Works
- Belah Sun Woman (2014)
- The Blessing of Light (2019)
- The Creation of Faith. See: Symphony No. I
- Devotion (2019)
- Earthshine (Flex instrumentation) (2014)
- Into the Sun (2017)
- Letter from Sado (2014)
- Majesty. See: Salon Morisot
- Peace Dancer (2017)
- Salon Morisot (2019)
- Soulström (2010/2019)
- Symphony No. I (2019)
- The Creation of Faith (2019)
- Terpsichorean Dances (2009)
- 13 Moons (Flex instrumentation) (2017)
- Twist (2013)
- Whirlwind (2006)
- Hand, Caroline. "Peace Dancer." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 12, Compiled and edited by Andrew Trachsel, 588-597. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2021.
- The Horizon Leans Forward..., compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 267.
- Jodie Blackshaw website Accessed 18 November 2017
- Perusal score