Dancing Lights of the North

Driving home one clear winter’s night, I looked out over fields of snow and glimpsed a greenish glow in the sky.  I pulled over and watched, in awe, the dancing lights of the aurora. As I gazed, sounds and feelings unfolded in my mind.  I knew that I needed to express this experience through music.  I also knew that the concert band, with its dazzling palette of colours and huge range of potential textures, would be the perfect medium for this work.

“Dancing Lights of the North” Details

Duration: 8 minutes
Level: Grade 3-4


  • 2 Flutes
  • 1 Oboe
  • 3 Clarinets
  • 1 Bass Clarinet
  • 1 Bassoon
  • 2 Alto Saxophones
  • 1 Tenor Saxophone
  • 1 Baritone Saxophone
  • 3 Trumpets
  • 2 Horns in F
  • 2 Trombones
  • 1 Euphonium
  • 1 Tuba
  • 1 String Bass
  • 3 Percussion Players

“Dancing Lights of the North” Commission Consortium Members:

Core Members

William Aberhart High School Symphonic Band, Kevin Willms director

Gareth Jones, University of Calgary Wind Ensemble and University of Calgary Symphonic Band

Sir Winston Churchill High School Symphonic Band:  Judy L.  Wishloff and  David T. Graham, conductors.

Dr. Wayne Jeffrey, Kwantlen Wind Symphony

Calgary Wind Symphony, Jeremy Brown, Artistic Director

Mrs. Mireille Robinson, Rundle College Bands

University of Lethbridge Wind Orchestra, Conductor Wendy J. Freeman, PhD(c)

Gillian MacKay

Jasper Jr./Sr. High School Senior Concert Band, 2012/2013, Mr. Jonathan Thornton Conductor

Brent Campbell,  Vincent Massey Wind Ensemble, Vincent Massey High School, Brandon, Manitoba

Matilda Bentley

Associate Members

Joseph Banke


Luke Puxley

Monart Pon