Night on Fire

From Wind Repertory Project
John Mackey

John Mackey

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 3:40
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Osti Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $120.00   |   Score Only - $20.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-VII, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Djembe (3: or other hand drum)
  • Marimba
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Tom


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This is the second movement of the suite The Soul Has Many Motions.

Commissioned by a consortium of student music organizations at The University of Texas in recognition of Richard Floyd's tireless and passionate advocacy for music education in the State of Texas: Kappa Kappa Psi, Mu Phi Epsilon, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Sigma Alpha Iota, Tau Beta Sigma, and The University of Texas Student Music Educators Association. The premiere performance took place May 3, 2013, by the University of Texas Wind Symphony, conducted by Scott Hanna.

- Program Note from publisher

Night on Fire is the second movement of a piece titled The Soul Has Many Motions, which was commissioned by student music groups at the University of Texas at Austin to honor the retirement of Dick Floyd. This movement bears a direct relationship to its musical predecessor, Strange Humors, which was brought into being as a wind band work by Mr. Floyd. Where Strange Humors possesses a singular and often intimate voice, Night on Fire is a full-throated shout of collective expression. Its pace is frantic from the outset, with the unique kind of energy that comes only from groups engaged in choreography that is at once carefully planned and seemingly spontaneous. Dick’s masterful teaching has made this kind of energetic expression possible for thousands of musicians over the course of his career, and the relentless drive of Night on Fire matches that same quality in Dick’s character that has brought so many musical possibilities to life.

- Program Note by the Midlothian High School Wind Ensemble concert program, 17 December 2014


State Ratings

  • Texas: IV


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  • Kent State University (Ohio) Symphony Band (Darin Olson, conductor) - 23 April 2023
  • Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Symphonic Band (Brian Youngblood, conductor) - 6 December 2022
  • Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, Minn.) Wind Symphony (Heidi Johanna Miller, conductor) - 1 October 2022
  • University of Toronto (Ont., Can.) Wind Symphony (Jeffrey Reynolds, conductor) - 7 April 2022
  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) University Band (Shaylee Croxall, conductor) - 6 April 2021>
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee) Wind Ensemble (Faith Hall, conductor) - 23 February 2021
  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Symphonic Band (Kirk Saville, conductor) – 26 February 2020
  • Keene (N.H.) State College Concert Band (John T. Hart Jr., conductor) - 21 November 2019
  • DuPage (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) Community Concert Band (Terry Redford, conductor) - 11 March 2019
  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) Symphonic Band (Jamal Duncan, conductor) – 4 March 2019
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Concert Band (Arris Golden, conductor) – 28 November 2018
  • University of Texas San Antonio Wind Ensemble (John Zarco, conductor) – 18 October 2018
  • Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, Va.) Concert Band (Alan Johnson, conductor) – 11 October 2018
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Collegiate Winds (David Hedgecoth, conductor) – 4 October 2018
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Orchestra (Christopher J. Woodruff, conductor) – 2 June 2018
  • Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Concert Band (Matthew Garrett, conductor) – 17 April 2018
  • Boerne-Samuel V. Champion High School Symphonic Honors Band (Kevin Arnott, conductor) - 11 April 2017
  • University of Arizona (Tucson) Wind Symphony (Chad Shoopman, conductor) – 21 March 2017
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Winds (Gavin Smith, conductor) – 16 November 2016
  • Kountze (Tx.) High School Band UIL (Robert Fife, conductor) - 13 April 2016 (UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest)

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