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John Mackey (born October 1, 1973) is an American composer of classical music, with an emphasis on music for wind band, as well as orchestra. For several years, he focused on music for modern dance and ballet.



John Mackey was born in New Philadelphia, Ohio and grew up in Westerville, Ohio, where he attended Westerville South High School. Mackey received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1995 from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Donald Erb. Mackey received a Master of Music degree from Juilliard in 1997, having studied with John Corigliano.

Mackey lived in New York City from 1995-2005, where he collaborated frequently with choreographers such as David Parsons, Robert Battle, and Igal Perry. Mackey moved to Los Angeles in 2005. In April 2008, he announced on his blog his intention to move to Austin, Texas, citing that much of his income is a result of commissions and other appearances in the Texas area.


Mackey maintains a frequently-updated blog at his website *[1], where he chronicles his travels across the world. He also has a keen interest in photography, as most of his posts have at least two photos to accompany them.




  • Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night (1993)
  • Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra (2000)
  • Redline Tango (2003)
  • Antiphonal Dances (2003)
  • Under the Rug (2004)

Concert Band

  • Redline Tango (2004)
  • Sasparilla (2005)
  • Turbine (2006)
  • Strange Humors (2006) *
  • Turning (2006)
  • Kingfishers Catch Fire (2007)
  • Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Band (2007)
  • Clocking (2008)
  • Undertow (2008)
  • Asphalt Cocktail (2009)
  • Aurora Awakes (2009)
  • Harvest: Concerto for Trombone (2009)
  • Xerxes (2010)

Note:Transcription of orchestra version. Transcription by the composer.

* Note: Transcription of chamber version. Transcription by the composer.

Chamber Ensemble

  • Mood Indigo (1996), for piano and drum set
  • Strange Humors (1998), for string quartet and djembe
  • Damn (1998), for amplified clarinet and four percussionists
  • Voices and Echoes (1999), for string quartet
  • Rush Hour (1999, revised 2000), for clarinet, electric string quartet, and drum set
  • Breakdown Tango (2000), for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano
  • Juba (2003), for electric string quartet and percussion
  • Wrong-Mountain Stomp (2004), for violin, viola, and cello
  • Mass (2004), for percussion ensemble
  • Strange Humors* (2008), for saxophone quartet and djembe

* Note: Transcription of string quartet version. Transcription by the composer.

Music for Theater

  • Score and songs for Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," Dallas Theater Center, 2001

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