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Let Me Be Frank with You

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John Mackey

John Mackey

Subtitle: For four-part adaptable ensemble, plus drum set

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: III+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Osti Music
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $75.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • E-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Soprano Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet

Part 2

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet

Part 3

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • F Horn
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium

Part 4

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Double Bass

Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum (optional)
  • Drum Set
  • Tambourine


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This is the first piece John Mackey composed during quarantine. After months of not being inspired to write, the melody came to him for this piece. Initially, he was afraid that he had accidentally plagiarized Frank Ticheli, so he played the piece for him. Ticheli told him that it was not plagiarized and encouraged him to use it, hence the title, Let Me Be Frank with You. The piece is dedicated to Frank Ticheli.

- Program Note from Music for the Pandemic (and Beyond)


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Vandegrift High School (Austin, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Katie VanDoren, conductor) - 17 December 2021 (2021 Midwest Clinic)
  • Hartwick College (Oneonta, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew Pease, conductor) - 18 May 2021
  • University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Symphony Band (Phillip A. Ostrander, conductor) - 11 May 2021
  • Cuesta Wind Ensemble (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) (Jennifer Martin, conductor) – 1 May 2021
  • High Point (N.C.) University Wind Ensemble (Brian Meixner, conductor) - 27 April 2021
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Ensemble (Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor) - 27 April 2021
  • Abilene (Tx.) Christian University Wind Ensemble (Steven Ward, conductor) - 9 April 2021
  • Virginia Tech (Blacksburg) Wind Ensemble (Derek Shapiro, conductor) - 5 April 2021 (Virtual)
  • Sacramento (Calif.) State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Matthew Morse, conductor) - 16 December 2020
  • University of Texas Arlington Symphonic Band (Christopher Evans, conductor) - 10 December 2020
  • Penn State University (University Park) Concert Band (Robert Hickey, conductor) - 7 December 2020
  • University of Colorado Boulder Concert Band (Branden Steinmetz, conductor) - 7 December 2020
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Concert Band (Eric W. Bush, conductor) - 7 December 2020
  • Sacramento (Calif.) State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Matthew Morse, conductor) – 2 December 2020
  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Wind Ensemble (Carolyn Barber, conductor) - 9 October 2020
  • Lipscomb University (Nashville, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble - Fall 2020

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