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Sun Dancer Fanfare

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Erin Lilliefors

Erin Lilliefors

Subtitle: For Flexible Instrument Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 1:55
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Leading Tones Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I
  • Oboe
  • Mallets

Part 2

  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet II

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet III
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone I
  • B-flat Trumpet II

Part 4

  • E-flat Alto Saxophone II
  • B-flat Trumpet I
  • Horn in F I

Part 5

  • B-flat Trumpet III
  • Horn in F II
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Bassoon

Part 6

  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Tuba

Percussion, including:

  • Bright or Piercing
  • Hollow
  • Metallic High
  • Metallic Low
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended or Crash Cymbal
  • Tambourine and/or Triangle
  • Toms (2) or Tom and Bass Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

I wrote the original theme as a graduate school entrance piece, then transformed it for my students in Winnsboro, Texas. Because of its fast pace and repetitive, infectious melody, the students took to it immediately and really enjoyed working on the piece. Their enthusiasm inspired me to revisit and redraft it to reach a broader range of instruments, and thus, more classrooms.

Sun Dancer Fanfare starts with a broad introduction of the melody, then immediately moves to top speed with driving rhythm from the “found percussion.” Melodically, the theme is passed around the voice and developed in the B section in a longer, augmented way. The ostinato rhythm acts as a metronome and pushes the band persistently toward a percussive end.

- Program Note by composer

Performance Notes

Any or all of the instruments may be used for the parts as indicated.

"Found percussion" is the idea that students can use whatever they want as a percussion instrument as long as it fits the timbre of the line. These are the timbres that will enrich the melody: Piercing, Hollow and Metallic (high and low). On the score, it lists the suggested corresponding percussion instrument if this were done in the traditional setting; however, giving percussionists a little bit of creative liberty is a great opportunity. There are no limits to the imagination. Anything goes.

Suggestions for timbre instruments:

  • Piercing: Brake Drum; Anvil; paper on a surface and drum with hands or a pencil; coins or sticks on wood (table or chair or countertop)
  • Hollow: Bucket; Trash can; Tub
  • High Metallic: Metal mixing bowl; Break [sic] drum
  • Low Metallic: Pots; Pot lids; Metal pipe


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Dubuque (Iowa) Concert Band (Cassandra Blanchard, conductor) - 24 February 2021

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