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Sacred Spaces

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John Mackey

John Mackey

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 3:55
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Osti Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental   |   (digital) - $60.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion (7 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • China Cymbals
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Sacred Spaces was commissioned by the United States Army Field Band, Colonel Jim. R. Keene, Commander, for the band's 2019 concert tour. The theme of the tour program, "Sacred Spaces – A Grand Canyon Celebration," was designed to commemoration the 100th anniversary of Grand Canyon National Park, America's most iconic natural landmark. The theme was to "celebrate the park by telling the stories of the many people who visit and live in this amazing place, through their own voices and narratives."

- Program Note from Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 12

Sacred Spaces is no exception to Mackey's masterful manipulation of timbre as it combines elements of military fanfare with the soundscape of the wind ensemble.

- Program Note from University of Utah Wind Ensemble concert program, 24 September 2019


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • United States Army Field Band II (Fort Meade, Md.) (Jerry Junkin, conductor) - 15 December 2021 (2021 Midwest Clinic)
  • Texas State University (San Marcos) Wind Symphony (Caroline Beatty, conductor) - 19 November 2021
  • James Logan High School (Union City, Calif.) Wind Symphony (Adam Wilke, conductor) - 21 February 2020 (2020 CASMEC Conference, Fresno)
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Wind Symphony (Shanti Simon, conductor) – 21 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 Southwestern Division Conference, Norman, Okla.)
  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Symphonic Band (Randall Coleman, conductor) – 20 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 Southern Division Conference, Natchitoches, La.)
  • Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Wind Symphony (Matthew Garrett, conductor) - 13 February 2020 (2020 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • Texas Christian University Wind Symphony (Fort Worth) (Matthew Garrett, conductor) - 11 February 2020
  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Symphonic Band (Randall O. Coleman, conductor) – 1 February 2020
  • United States Army Band (Washington, D.C.) (Andrew Esch, conductor) – 25 January 2020 (Winchester, Va.)
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee) Wind Ensemble (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) – 7 January 2020
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Wind Symphony (Kevin Sedatole, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee, Fla.) Wind Ensemble (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) – 13 November 2019
  • United States Army Field Band (Ft. Meade, Md.) (Jim R. Keene, conductor) – 12 November 2019 (High Point, N.C.)
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Symphonic Band (Andrew Trachsel, conductor) – 26 September 2019
  • University of Utah (Salt Lake City) Wind Ensemble (Scott Hagen) – 24 September 2019
  • Texas Christian University Wind Symphony (Fort Worth) (Bobby R. Francis, conductor) - 3 October 2019
  • University of Kentucky (Lexington) Wind Symphony (John Cody Birdwell, conductor) – 15 September 2019
  • United States Army Field Band (Jerry Junkin, conductor) – 26 July 2019 (San Antonio, Tx.) *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Coleman, Randall O. "Sacred Spaces." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 12, Compiled and edited by Andrew Trachsel, 842-847. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2021.
  • John Mackey website Accessed 10 July 2019
  • Perusal score