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John Mackey

John Mackey

General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 4:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Osti Music
Cost: Score & Parts - $120.00   |   Score (Purchase) - $20.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (2 Players)
Tuba (2 Players)
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V-VI-VIII-IX-X-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

Note: It is preferred that all percussion parts be assigned, even if it means "borrowing" players from other sections of the ensemble that may be otherwise "over-staffed." (The exception is the trombone section, which must not be thinned.) If any percussion parts must be omitted, the marimba, wind gong, and whip parts should be the first cut.


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 John Mackey


  • 2011 CBDNA Young Band Composition Contest

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

Audio Links

State Ratings

  • Texas: III


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  • 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
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Showcase of Bands Honor Band (Gary Smith, conductor) – 23 February 2019
  • Wheaton College (Wheaton, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Timothy Yontz, conductor) – 3 November 2018
  • Cuesta Wind Ensemble (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) (Jennifer Martin, conductor – 21 October 2018 
  • Miamisburg (Ohio) High School Symphonic Band (Steve Aylward, conductor) - 15 May 2018
  • Philharmonia Winds (Hartford, Conn.) (Alan Francis, conductor) - 13 May 2018
  • Texas Lutheran University (Seguin) Symphonic Band (Beth Bronk, conductor) - 27 April 2018

Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Blog Post about Foundry at John Mackey's website
  • John Mackey website
  • Pease, Andy. "Foundry by John Mackey." Wind Band Literature, 6 August 2020. Web/] Accessed 7 August 2020
  • Smith, Matthew O. "Foundry." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 399-406. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.