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Dana Wilson

Dana Wilson

General Info

Year: 2003
Duration: c. 2:50
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey and Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |  Score Only - $12.95


Full Score
Flute I-II (I doubling Piccolo)
Oboe (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-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Afushi
  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Conga Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (Tam-tam)
  • Mark Tree
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbals (small and medium)
  • Timpani (3)
  • Tom-Toms (3)
  • Triangle (small)
  • Xylophone


  • Oboe, m.68: Second slur connects to C in next measure.
  • Bassoon, m.47: Slurs missing on 4th-6th, 10th-12th 16th notes.
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III, m.56: Slur first three 16th notes.
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet III, m.15: F natural
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet III, m.9: B should be B-flat.
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone, m.38: Slur all notes in first two beats.
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone, m.39: Slur 16ths and staccato on last eighth.
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone, m.93: Slur all notes in first beat but staccato on beginning of beat 2.
  • Saxophones (all), m.68: Second slur connects to C in next measure.
  • Saxophones (all), m.79-86: Should be staccato on beat 3.
  • B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV, m.5: Time should be one measure of 2/4; m.6 returns to 3 / 4.
  • B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV, m.86: Staccatos missing in trumpets on 8th notes on beats 3 and 4
  • Horn in F I-II-III-IV, m.94: Trill B-flat.
  • All instruments with figure, m.11-12: End of beat two should be tied to beginning of beat three.

Alternate B-flat Bass Clarinet and Double bass parts available on Dana Wilson website

Program Notes

Shortcut Home is a rousing, rather elaborate fanfare that features each section of the ensemble. Drawing upon various jazz styles, the music proclaims and cascades, always driving towards the "home" of the final, C Major chord.

Shortcut Home was commissioned by the Hillsborough (New Jersey) High School Band, Mindy Scheierman, director.

- Program Note by composer

Three minutes in duration, the work features 17 meter changes in its 94 measures.

- Program Note from Austin Symphonic Band concert program, 2 April 2018


State Ratings

  • Kansas: IV
  • Louisiana: III
  • Michigan: Senior High AA
  • North Carolina: VI
  • Texas: IV. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Tuesday/Thursday Morning Concert Band (Archie G. Birknerr, conductor) - 28 February 2022
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, All College Band (Daryl Warren, conductor) – 4 March 2020
  • Grand Street Community Band (Brooklyn, N.Y.) (David Blumenthal, conductor) – 14 December 2019
  • Capitol Symphonic Winds (Hartford, Conn.) (Dan D’Addio, conductor) – 11 December 2019
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Symphony Band (Phillip A. Ostrander, conductor) – 22 November 2019
  • University of North Texas (Denton) University Band (Brett Penshorn, conductor) – 6 November 2019
  • Texas A&M University (Lubbock) Symphonic Winds (Travis Almany, conductor) – 13 October 2019
  • Bowling Green (Ohio) State University Concert Band (Bruce Moss, conductor) – 3 October 2019
  • Colorado Mesa University (Grand Junction) Wind Symphony (Calvin Hofer, conductor) – 10 May 2019
  • California State University, Los Angeles Wind Ensemble (Emily Moss, conductor) – 8 May 2019
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Boomer Band (Brian Britt, conductor) – 18 April 2019
  • Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Symphonic Band (Brian Youngblood, conductor) – 18 April 2019
  • University of Colorado Boulder Concert Band (Matthew Dockendorf, conductor) – 25 February 2019
  • Moline (Ill.) High School Symphonic Band (Zach Morton, conductor) – 23 February 2019
  • Southwest Washington (Camas) Wind Symphony (Patrick Murphy, conductor) – 21 October 2018
  • Kansas State University (Manhattan) Wind Symphony (Alex Wimmer, conductor) - 17 October 2018
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College (Milwaukee) Concert Band (Terry S. Treuden, conductor) – 5 October 2018
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Wind Ensemble (John R. Locke, conductor) – 27 September 2018
  • University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) Wind Ensemble (Tyler Farrell, conductor) – 30 May 2018
  • Houghton (N.Y.) College Wind Ensemble (Timothy McGarvey) - 14 April 2018
  • University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) Campus Band (Jason Gardner, conductor) - 7 March 2017

Works for Winds by This Composer

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


  • Dana Wilson website.
  • Wilson, D. (2003). Shortcut Home: For Band or Wind Ensemble [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: New York.