"Aurora Awakes" wins both Revelli & Ostwald awards at John Mackey's Blog

December 20, 2009

"Aurora Awakes" wins both Revelli & Ostwald awards

The subject line says it all, but it can’t convey my surprise.  In a huge shock (seriously, I’m having a little trouble believing this one), “Aurora Awakes” won both the American Bandmasters Association’s “Ostwald Award” and the National Bandmasters Association’s William D. Revelli Composition Contest.  According to what I’ve figured from WindRep.Org, “Aurora Awakes” is only the fourth piece in the history of these awards to win both of them.  (The most recent winner of both was Donald Grantham’s staple of the repertoire, Southern Harmony, which won the awards in 1999/2000.  That’s some ridiculously good company.)

Winning either award ever is a huge honor. To win both for the same piece is more than I ever thought could happen. It’s been a crazy week.  (“Redline Tango” won the Ostwald – but not the Revelli – in 2005.)

And I haven’t even told you about our dinner last night at Alinea in Chicago — the best meal I’ve ever had in my life. I took 350 photos. That will be the next (and much more entertaining) blog entry…


7 Comments to “"Aurora Awakes" wins both Revelli & Ostwald awards”  

  1. At 9:04 pm on December 20, 2009
    Kevin Howlett Says:

    Great news, man! That’s really awesome to hear!

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  3. At 12:03 am on December 21, 2009
    Matt Carlson Says:

    Congratulations, John! I’m so happy for you! Keep up the good work.


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  5. At 5:57 am on December 21, 2009
    Stewart Harrison (UK) Says:

    Christmas come early. Congratulations


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  7. At 4:50 am on December 22, 2009
    O'Neal Douglas Says:

    Congratulations John!!!!!!!!

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  9. At 12:52 am on December 23, 2009
    DBHerring Says:

    Wow…. that is very impressive… congratulations!!!

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  11. At 6:49 pm on January 25, 2010
    William Sugg Says:

    Congratulations! Is there an actual (preferably good) recording of this piece anywhere, yet? I’ve been almost able to hear it a couple of times now but something has always stopped me. All I’ve heard so far is the MIDI (which is admittedly, a damn good MIDI). Just curious.

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  13. At 1:55 pm on January 26, 2010
    John Says:

    William – still no recording that I think sounds better than the MIDI. Something always goes funky at some point in every performance. SURELY there’ll be a more representative recording soon…

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