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Wind Ensemble concert to feature guest composer John Mackey's work
Tarleton Wind Ensemble

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Tarleton State University’s Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Anthony Pursell, will give regional high school students participating in the Texas Music Educators Association/Association of Texas Small School Bands (TMEA/ATSSB) Concert Etude Day a performance that will surely inspire them to go home and practice for their All-State auditions.

The clinic, spearheaded by Tarleton Assistant Professor of Trumpet Dr. Brian Walker will provide high school students the opportunity to prepare for the All-State Band with assistance from Tarleton’s instrumental faculty. Band directors wishing to sign their students up for the clinic are encouraged to contact Dr. Walker: ( as soon as possible. The etude clinic is free of charge.

The finale for the TMEA/ATSSB Etude Day will be the final concert for the Tarleton Wind Ensemble this semester. The concert will be in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 4 p.m.

The concert will open with the Tarleton Brass Ensemble performing Aaron Copland’s Ceremonial Fanfare. Following the fanfare, Tarleton will present three works by visiting composer, John Mackey. Literature will include: Xerxes, a unique concert march; Sheltering Sky; and Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Wind Ensemble featuring assistant professor of music Greg Ball, who also serves as director of Tarleton’s jazz bands.

Tickets are available one hour prior to the concert. Price is $5 for general admission or free with a valid Tarleton ID. Students participating in the Etude Day Clinic also are admitted free. A preconcert reception, sponsored by Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi will begin at 3 p.m.

Mackey, born Oct. 1, 1973, in New Philadelphia, Ohio, holds a master of music degree from The Juilliard School and a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with John Corigliano and Donald Erb, respectively. Mackey particularly enjoys writing music for dance and for symphonic winds.

His works have been performed at the Sydney Opera House, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and at Italy’s Spoleto Festival, among other sites, as well as in numerous foreign countries.

For more information about the upcoming All-Region Clinics, visit To learn more about Tarleton’s Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds, visit

Tarleton State University, a member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven educational experience marked by academic innovation and exemplary service, and dedicated to transforming students into tomorrow’s professional leaders. With campuses in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian and online, Tarleton engages with its communities to provide real-world learning experiences and to engage societal needs while maintaining its core values of integrity, leadership, tradition, civility, excellence and service.


Contact: Dr. Anthony Pursell, Director of Bands

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