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John Mackey

John Mackey

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 2:45
Difficulty: II+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Osti Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $119.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F
Percussion, including:

  • Assorted Cymbals
  • Assorted Percussion
  • Bass Drum
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In March 2016, I attended a rehearsal featuring students from the United Sound mentoring program -- a program to encourage musicians with special needs to play side by side with general education musicians in the same ensemble. The empathy I experienced in that room was overwhelming. I cried, regained my composure, and asked if I could write a piece for United Sound. The result is Snarl.

Everyone gets picked on at some point -- I know I did, especially in gym class. It’s a horrible feeling. Snarl refuses to be bullied, from the opening saxophone section multiphonic, to the flutter-tongued winds and the crashes of cymbals.

Snarl is a gift to United Sound in thanks for making those mentored students feel not only special, but strong.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) White Concert Band (Jamal Duncan, conductor) – 4 March 2019

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