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Sun Dancing

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David Shaffer

David Shaffer

General Info

Year: 2007
Duration: c. 7:10
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C. L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score & Parts - $72.00   |   Score Only - $7.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
French Horn
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Brake Drum
  • Cabasa
  • Claves
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (Tam-Tam)
  • Marimba
  • Rain Stick
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Timpani
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

From the joyous opening statements, through the beautiful flowing and lyrical middle section to the blazing finale, Sun Dancing is a musical portrait of the simple but intensely beautiful sun-catcher. This exciting and bold composition has all of composer David Shaffer’s flare for fun and excitement. The large number of percussion parts will keep even the largest percussion section involved.

Sun Dancing was commissioned by and the Linwood Middle School Band, Linwood, New Jersey, Larry J. Lamkin, director, and is dedicated to the parents who encourage music in their children and to the past and present administration who have supported music education in their school.

- Program Note by publisher

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Riverside High School (Painesville, Ohio) Wind Ensemble (David A. Schwartz, conductor) - 30 January 2020
  • Tar River Community Band (Greenville, N.C.) (James E. Mauser, Jr., conductor) – 23 March 2019

Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Perusal score
  • Shaffer, D. (2007). Sun Dancing [score]. C.L.Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.