Speak to Me

From Wind Repertory Project
Dana Wilson

Dana Wilson

General Info

Year: 2010 / 2016
Duration: c. 5:10
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00   |   Score Only (print) - $35.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
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
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Concert Toms (3)
  • Maracas
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal (large)
  • Tam Tam
  • Sand Shaker
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle, small
  • Vibraslap
  • Wood Block (small)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

There is a long tradition in jazz of instruments carrying on a conversation -- either intricate, soloistic dialogues (often improvised) or the call and response of larger forces. Speak to Me is above all such a conversation, at first among soloists and then among more and more performers as they gradually join in. This piece begins with a simple tune that increasingly overlaps with -- and is interrupted by -- other ideas, generating enormous energy along the way.

The piece was commissioned by the John F. Kennedy High School in LaPalma, California.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • State University of New York Schenectady Wind Ensemble (Allyson Keyser, conductor) - 5 May 2023
  • Eastern Carolina University (Greenville) Symphony Band (Joe Busuito, conductor) - 2 November 2021
  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Glenn C. Hayes, conductor) - 3 May 2021
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Concert Band (Arris Golden, conductor) – 8 October 2019
  • Fresno (Calif.) City College Wind Ensemble (Elisha K Wilson, conductor) - 17 March 2019 (2019 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • Fresno State (Calif.) Symphonic Band (Steven McKeithen, conductor) -15 March 2019 (2019 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Symphony Band (Phillip A. Ostrander, conductor) – 16 November 2018
  • Florida International University (Miami) Symphonic Band (Barry Bernhardt, conductor) - 1 March 2018
  • Northern Illinois University (Dekalb) Wind Symphony (Mark Alletag, conductor) – 19 April 2017
  • VanderCook College of Music (Chicago, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Stacey Larson Dolan, conductor) - 16 December 2016 (2016 Midwest Clinic)
  • University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) Hindsley Symphonic Band (Barry L. Houser, conductor) – 1 March 2016

Works for Winds by This Composer

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


  • Spurlin, Corey. "Speak to Me." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 487-495. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.