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Until the Scars

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John Mackey

John Mackey

Subtitle: Adapted from Hubris from Wine-Dark Sea: Symphony for Band

General Info

Year: 2014 / 2019
Duration: c. 4:55
Difficulty: IV+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Osti Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $149.00   |   Score Only (print) - $25.00


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
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (optional but preferred)
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
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-IV (Bass Trombone preferred for IV)
Percussion I-VI, including:

  • Bass Drums (2, 1 Small, 1 Large Concert)
  • China Cymbals (2)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Hi-Hat
  • Snare Drum
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Crash Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Toms (4)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Until the Scars is an adaptation of the first movement of Wine-Dark Sea: Symphony for Band, a work based on the ancient story of The Odyssey by Homer.

After ten years of bloody siege, the Trojan War was won because of Odysseus’ gambit: A horse full of soldiers, disguised as an offering. The people of Troy took it in as a trophy, and were slaughtered. Odysseus gave the Greeks victory, and they left the alien shores for home. But Odysseus’ journey would take as long as the war itself. Homer called the ocean on which Odysseus sailed a wine-dark sea, and for the Greek king it was as murky and disorienting as its name; he would not find his way across it without first losing himself.

In this section of the story, Odysseus, having filled his ship with the spoils of war, leaves for home, but he carried another, more dangerous, cargo: pride. This movement opens with his triumphal march, and continues as he and his crew maraud through every port of call on their way home.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Northwest Missouri State University (Maryville, Mo.) Wind Symphony (John Bell, conductor) - 14 October 2021
  • Purdue University (West Lafayette, Ind.) Concert Band (Jonathan Sweet, conductor; Caroline Pomeroy, snare drum) - 22 November 2020
  • Pittsburg (Kan.) State University Wind Ensemble (Andrew D. Chybowski, conductor) - 19 November 2020
  • University of Kentucky (Lexington) Concert Band (Michael Hudson, conductor) - 25 October 2020
  • Blythewood (S.C.) High School Wind Symphony (Quintus Wrighten, conductor) - 18 March 2020
  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Symphonic Band (Cliff Croomes, conductor) – 10 March 2020
  • Kennesaw (Ga. ) State University Wind Symphony (Debra Traficante, conductor) – 5 March 2020
  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Concert Band (Travis Higa, conductor) – 4 March 2020
  • Syracuse (N.Y.) University Wind Ensemble (Nieves Villaseñor, conductor) – 27 February 2020
  • South Forsyth Middle School (Cumming, Ga.) Symphonic Band (Andrew Poor, conductor) – 20 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 Southern Division Conference, Natchitoches, La.)
  • Bloomington High School Wind Symphony (Max Chernick, conductor) - 16 February 2020
  • Texas Community College Band Directors Association (TCCBDA) Symphonic Band - 15 February 2020 (2020 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio) Symphonic Winds (Ryan Scherber, conductor) – 26 January 2020 (Severance Hall, Cleveland)
  • L. V. Berkner High School (Richardson, Tx.) Symphonic Band I (Jason Schayot, conductor) - 18 December 2019 (2019 Midwest Clinic)
  • Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio) Symphonic Winds (Ryan Scherber, conductor) – 18 November 2019
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Orchestra (Nicholas P. Waldron, conductor) – 15 November 2019
  • University of Southern Maine (Gorham) Concert Band (Jackie Townsend, conductor) – 13 November 2019

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