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John Mackey

  • Eastman Sax Project

    Mike Lawson | May 6, 2014

    Student-Run Sax Choir Offers a Different Take on Chamber Music

    The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. is home to the uniquely conductor-less Eastman Saxophone Project. In addition to being unconducted, the group also plays its music entirely from memory, for the purpose of "dramatically enhancing the level of interaction with its audiences."

    All of this is to say that if you like saxophones and modern repertoire, you might want to check out this outstanding clip of the ESP performing John Mackey's "Asphalt Cocktail" at a spring concert on April 7, 2014.  

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  • Essential Repertoire: November 2013

    Mike Lawson | November 19, 2013

    Essential Repertoire: From the Top presents select reviews from “Frank Ticheli's List,” covering core repertoire for concert band chosen by composer Frank Ticheli.

    "Amber Terrace Dreams” by Christopher Tucker

    C. Alan Publications   •   Grade Level: 2   •   Approximate Duration: 2:30

    “Amber Terrace Dreams,” commissioned by the Amber Terrace Intermediate School Band of Desoto, Texas, is intended to celebrate today’s youth as they enter the critical crossroads of life as young teenagers. Tucker has managed to create an engaging musical experience without the traditional melodic and harmonic framework that so many composers resort to for a piece at this level. From an innocent and ethereal beginning, an optimistic sense of joy and exuberance blossoms throughout this piece.

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