Walls of Zion

From Wind Repertory Project
Greg Danner

Greg Danner

General Info

Year: 2000
Duration: c. 6:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Daehn Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $76.00   |   Score Only - $8.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
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
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The American spiritual tradition has provided the world with many beautiful melodies. Walls of Zion is a free setting of the revival spiritual Zion's Walls. A favorite at camp meetings and revivals during the late 1800s, the melody suggests a noble simplicity coupled with energy and vitality. This setting for band develops the melodic material throughout, with particular emphasis on varied tone colors and instrumental textures.

Walls of Zion is dedicated to the composer's daughter, Katie, whose love of this melody suggested the composition.

- Program Note by composer

The noble simplicity of the revival spiritual Zion's Walls forms the basis for this free symphonic setting. It's beautifully orchestrated, with warm brass chorale moments entwined with spinning woodwind passages. Gorgeous tonal colors and textures abound in this sensitive composition.

- Program Note from publisher


  • CBDNA composition contest winner, 1999


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class A
  • Florida: IV
  • Georgia: IV
  • Louisiana: III
  • Michigan: Senior High C
  • Texas: III. Complete
  • Virginia: IV


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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Danner, G. (2000). Walls of Zion: For Concert Band [score]. Daehn: New Glaurus, Wisc.
  • Greg Danner website
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. 2002. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 4. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 402-412.