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John Mackey, born on October 1, 1973, in New Philadelphia, Ohio, has a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, in New York City, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He studied with John Corigliano and Donald Erb who were both American composers of classical music. Mr. Mackey particularly enjoys writing music for dance and for symphonic winds, and he has focused on those mediums for the past few years. His pieces include not only concert pieces but also marching, orchestral, and chamber orchestra. His pieces have started a small fandom of students nearly as big as Eric Whitacre’s, and he is quickly becoming one of the most popular composers of the “young” generation.Mackey grew up in Westerville, Ohio, where he attended Westerville South High School. His parents, David (trumpet player) and Joan (flautist) Mackey, were musicians themselves however, they did not provide him with music lessons growing as his older sister didn’t enjoy the experience. Instead, his grandfather taught him to read music and introduced him to computer music notation. As a teenager Mackey was president of high school drama club. From a young age he knew he wanted to have a career in the fine arts part of life, but by the time he got to his senior year he was unsure whether he should major in theatre or music. He found both fascinating and wanted to continue to his training in either field. Then he found out that most music schools would not grant him admission if he could not prepare an instrumental audition. Although Mackey took private piano lessons for 4 months; he found them to be unsuccessful and a waste of time. he felt so strongly about the college audition process that he applied to the Cleveland Institute of Music because they didn’t require an instrumental audition. he was not lazy but simply wanted an easy way to get into college. Mackey also studied at Juilliard. Juilliard School is located in the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York City. It’s a performing arts conservatory established in 1905. The school trains about 850 undergraduate and graduate students in dance, drama, and music. Mackey studied both dance and music. It is widely regarded the world’s leading music and arts schools, with some of the most prestigious arts programs. His time at Julliard earned him a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School. He also has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music; this is where he met John Corigliano and Donald Erb. Later in life, Mackey married his wife Abby on January 19, 2008 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas. She actually plays a big role in Mackey’s composing as she names every single piece he has written.  Currently, Mackey owns his own publishing company: Ostimusic. He has 28 concert band pieces for sale ranging from grade 3 to grade. Also, Mackey has a passion for giving back, musically, to the community. He always volunteers to go to clinic for bands playing his music if he’s in the area.Mackey had no formal education in an instrument, however he believes this doesn’t impede his composing abilities. Through experimentation with advanced, computer composing programs intended strictly for entertainment rather than education, Mackey began to compose his own music. Mackey has stated his support for institutions with policies that do not requiring composers to perform an audition, as many composers, like himself, do not play instruments. Luckily, Mackey was able to find schools that didn’t as he has grown to be a prominent composer despite not formally playing any instrument. Though he never had any formal training, throughout his career, Mackey has self taught himself how to play piano. This skill was acquired while learning new types of composing software. Characteristics of MusicGenerally, many of Mackey’s pieces include weird unconventional meters, effects, and instrumentations. This might mainly be because his grandfather introduced him to music notation at the age of 9, and grew accustomed to the random and less traditional music he made growing up. John Mackey finds great enjoyment in listening to the computer playback of his works. He often writes about the various sound libraries he uses to enjoy his music. Since there are no published analysis on his works, he enjoys getting feedback on his pieces and also collaborates with other well known composers on how to perfect his music.His music is influenced by a number of artists including John Corigliano and DOnald Erb who he studied with, as well as David Mackey who’s music he grew up listening to. Some defining characteristics of his music are that it is contemporary classical, aggressive, ostinatos, dissonance, and the meter determines the structural features of form, melody, harmony, and rhythm.Famous/Phenomenal Literature Wine-Dark Sea, For concert band, was commissioned by The University of Texas at Austin band, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music. It Premiered on February 13, 2014 by The University of Texas Wind Ensemble at the Texas Music Educators Association convention, San Antonio, TX. They played all three movements: Hubris; Immortal Thread, so Weak and The Attentions of Souls. The piece features many cluster chords and small ensembles of instruments playing together at once. It is considered Mackey’s most intense piece. The piece, chronicles Odysseus from The Odyssey. I. Hubris Odysseus filled his ship with the spoils of war, but he carried another, more dangerous, cargo: Pride. II. Immortal thread, so weak This movement is the song of the beautiful and immortal nymph Calypso, who finds Odysseus near death, washed up on the shore of the island where she lives all alone. III. The attentions of souls But other immortals are not finished with Odysseus yet.Turbine, Commissioned by the Southeastern Conference Band Directors Association, premiered on February 24, 2006, at the Southeast Regional CBDNA convention at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. The University of Kentucky Wind Ensemble performed the piece, conducted by Cody Birdwell. Mackey uses his piece turbine to overcome his fear of flying. The first three minutes are rough, grinding, and tense, as the jet engine builds up speed. He uses texture rather than tempo to achieve this, and eventually the plane goes racing down the runway.Foundry is one of his less advanced works. It was commissioned by various bands including the Worthington Kilbourne High School band (Don Nathan). Foundry is a piece that celebrates the fact that percussionists have the ability to make anything into an instrument. It includes things like salad bowls and mixing bowls and piles of wood. This piece is very aggressive and loud.Hymn to a Blue Hour was commissioned by Mesa State College, Calvin Hofer, Director of Wind Studies. Many chamber organizations have taken this piece and turned it into small ensembles, the best sounding version being a brass ensemble. The hymn is very reminiscent of Aurora AwakesSome of Mackey’s most famous pieces have been adapted/arranged for marching shows. He goes along with these arrangements gracefully however he never listens or watches the shows. He feels that the new pieces totally ruin the beauty of the instrumentations he chooses. The pieces have reached as far as Drum Corp. Numerous DCI corps have performed his music. Hundreds more high school and college marching bands have as well. The Cadets’ recent production “Awakening” contains two Mackey pieces, “Turning” and “Wine-Dark Sea.”