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John Mackey

John Mackey

General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 4:10
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Osti Music
Cost: Score & Parts - $120.00   |   Score (Purchase) - $20.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (2 players)
Tuba (2 players)
Percussion I-XI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • "Clang" - a metal instrument, probably struck with a hammer, that creates a rich (ie, deep, not pingy) "clang" sound. Could be a metal pipe, or a brake drum with a bell plate on top, etc. Do not simply use a brake drum.
  • Cymbals (2 China (could be two pairs of stacked/nested cymbals, 1 splash, 1 suspended)
  • Marimba
  • Metal mixing bowls (4), suspended or placed in a way that they are allowed to resonate, or, various gongs with unclear specific pitches (must be able to be dampened)
  • Resonant, rattling piles of metal (4) (or other rattling metal objects,such as train rails with other metal leaned on top. Must have some resonance)
  • Snare Drum with kevlar head (or kevlar drum)
  • Tom-toms (4)
  • Vibraslap
  • Whip (or other wooden, unpitched, bright sound with immediate decay and no ring)
  • Wooden objects (4), unpitched (something like temple blocks or wood blocks, or 4 wooden salad bowls)
  • Wind Gong (or other large cymbal, rich in color, that speaks quickly and can be quickly choked, or, a thundersheet, shaken instead of struck)
  • Xylophone

N.B. For further percussion instruction, see Discussion tab above.


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The idea with Foundry was to make a piece that celebrates the fact that percussionists have this ability to make just about anything into an "instrument." Snare drums and bass drums are great, but why not write a whole piece featuring non-traditional percussion -- things like salad bowls and mixing bowls and piles of wood?

In some cases, I was specific about what instrument to play (timpani, xylophone, etc.). With many of the parts, though, I only described what sound I wanted (play a "clang" — a metal instrument, probably struck with a hammer, that creates a rich "CLANG!" sound), and allowed the percussionist to be creative in finding the best "instrument" to make the sound I described.

It won't be surprising that Foundry, for concert band with "found percussion," much of it metallic, ends up sounding like a steel factory. The composer thanks the required 10–12 percussionists for allowing his ridiculous requests to continue. Clang.

- Program Note by composer


  • CBDNA Young Band Composition Contest, 2011, winner


State Ratings

  • Texas: III. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

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  • Genessee Valley Wind Ensemble (Batavia, N.Y.) (Philip J. Briatico, conductor) - 22 January 2023
  • Cuesta Wind Ensemble (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) (Fletcher Ferrara, conductor) - 26 October 2022
  • Ohio University (Athens) Symphonic Band II (Blayne Weddington, conductor) – 4 October 2022
  • University of North Carolina Ashville Wind Ensemble (Fletcher Peacock, conductor) - 21 November 2021
  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University Wind Ensemble (David T. Kehler, conductor) - 21 April 2021
  • Hartwick College (Oneonta, N.Y.) Honor Band (Andrew Pease, conductor) - 8 December 2020
  • Dordt University (Sioux Center, Iowa) Campus Band (Onsby C. Rose, conductor) - 21 November 2020
  • Fort Hays State University (Big Creek, Kans.) Symphonic Winds (Peter Lillpopp, conductor) – 6 December 2019
  • Truman State University (Kirksville, Mo.) Concert Band (Curran Prendergast, conductor) – 4 December 2019
  • Mount Vernon (Ohio) Nazarene University Symphonic Wind Ensemble (John Packard, conductor) – 20 October 2019
  • Clovis (Calif.) North High School Wind Ensemble (Esmeralda Rocha Lozano, conductor) – 3 October 2019
  • Colonel Gray High School (Charlottetown, PEI) Grade 11-12 Concert Band (Shawn Doiron, Conductor) - May 2019
  • Cheshire (Conn.) High School Symphonic Band (John L. Kuhner, conductor) – 9 May 2019
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Concert Band (Andrew Blair, conductor) – 19 April 2019
  • Washington Union High School (Fresno, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Robert Madrid, conductor – 12 April 2019 (2019 San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) Concert Band Invitational)
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) University Band (Joshua Neuenschwander, conductor) - 1 April 2019
  • Colby College (Waterville, Maine) Wind Ensemble (Eric Thomas, conductor) – 16 March 2018
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Gold Campus Band (Cory Near, conductor) – 7 March 2019 

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