School of Music

USM Concert Band and Casco Bay Wind Symphony Perform With John Mackey

November 13, 2019
7:00 PM
Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street, Portland, ME 04101.
Adults, $32; Seniors, $25; College Students, $10 with current valid student ID,
John Mackey

Tuesday, November 12 from 8 - 5 p.m. John Mackey Residency, Free

Wednesday, November 13 at 7 p.m. Concert
USM Concert Band and Casco Bay Wind Symphony

Jackie Townsend, Conductor

John Mackey, Guest Composer


Residency Concert with USM Concert Band and Casco Bay Wind Symphony Performing Music by John Mackey 

After two full days of residency with world-renowned wind band composer John Mackey, on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, the USM Concert Band and Casco Bay Wind Symphony, under the direction of Dr. Jackie Townsend (Director of Wind Studies at USM), will perform a joint concert at Merrill Auditorium in downtown Portland, featuring many works by Mr. Mackey (including Places We Can No Longer Go) with the composer in attendance.

Opportunities to donate to organizations that support individuals with dementia will be available. The event starts at 7:00 p.m. and tickets are available through PortTix at (Adults - $32, Seniors - $25, College Students - $10 w/ current valid student ID, and Children/Students 17 & Under – Free). 

This event is made possible with generous support by multiple individuals and organizations, including the Warren Memorial Foundation, without whom this would not be possible!


John Mackey (b. 1973) is recognized as one of the most prolific and accomplished composers of works for wind band of his generation. Although he has written for orchestras (Brooklyn Philharmonic, New York Youth Symphony), theater (Dallas Theater Center), and extensively for dance (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Parsons Dance Company, New York City Ballet), the majority of his work for the past decade has been for wind ensembles, and his band catalog now receives annual performances numbering in the thousands. 

Born in New Philadelphia, Ohio, Mr. Mackey attended the Cleveland Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, and studied composition with Donald Erb and John Corigliano. However, his first experiences with music composition came as a result of his grandfather introducing him to computer music notation software, on which the 9-year-old John Mackey would transcribe the works of Bach and eventually write his own original works. Despite having no formal instrument training, Mackey’s compositions have earned countless accolades, and have been featured everywhere from the concert hall, to the marching band field, and even the 2004 Olympics in Athens with the U.S. Synchronized Swim Team. 

Recent commissions include works for the BBC Singers, the Dallas Wind Symphony, military, high school, middle school, and university bands across America and Japan, and concertos for Joseph Alessi (principal trombone, New York Philharmonic) and Christopher Martin (principal trumpet, New York Philharmonic). In 2014, he became the youngest composer ever inducted into the American Bandmasters Association. In 2018, he received the Wladimir & Rhoda Lakond Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his spouse A.E. Jaques, who titles all of his pieces.


Tuesday’s residency events are free, and held at Corthell Hall, Gorham Campus

Concert: Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street, Portland

Tickets are available through PortTix at (Adults, $32; Seniors, $25; College Students, $10 with current valid student ID, and Children/Students 17 & Under, Free.


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