The water in Plano at John Mackey's Blog

April 18, 2012

The water in Plano

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a great couple of days I’d had leading clinics in the Dallas area — in Plano, Allen, and Rockwall. One group I didn’t get to work with, due to time limitations, was the Rice Middle School Band in Plano. Richard Floyd, for whom I wrote “Strange Humors” a few years back, worked with the group and emailed me after his clinic to rave about them. Richard works with a lot of bands, and works with a lot of bands on my music, but it’s unusual to get an email like the one he sent me. He also asked the director, Jason Tucker, to send me a recording of their performance at the Meyerson Symphony Center so I could hear it.

Well, they sent it, and this is what it sounds like. This is a middle school band. It’s not one of those junior high bands you hear about in Japan. No, this band is right here in the US. AND THESE ARE MIDDLE SCHOOL KIDS. This has to be one of the best performances I have ever heard of the piece anywhere, by any group. The opening solo is on bassoon because they didn’t have an English horn, but I love it there — at least when the bassoonist plays like this.



15 Comments to “The water in Plano”  

  1. At 1:16 pm on April 18, 2012
    Phil Holland Says:

    Rice is a magical place. Glad you got to hear thoe amazing kids!

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  3. At 9:13 pm on April 18, 2012
    Alastair Stark Says:

    This was a really fun to peice to work on. I really enjoyed playing it. I was thrumpet player at G and Measure 147.

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  5. At 9:42 pm on April 18, 2012
    McKenna Black Says:

    Wow, I sure loved playing this! I play the tuba in this band, and I certainly enjoyed performing this at the Meyerson. What an incredible opportunity for young musicians like ourselves.

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  7. At 10:01 pm on April 18, 2012
    Benjamin Lin Says:

    This is one of those pieces that challenges you to play better, and have fun with it at the same time. Of course, i couldn’t have gone through this amazing experience if John Mackey hadn’t written this piece, so thank you!

    Bass Clarinets FOR THE WIN!!!

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  9. At 8:15 am on April 19, 2012
    Rachel Pothier Says:

    This was my favorite piece to play out of the program. Glad you liked it! 🙂 Epic Flutes

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  11. At 12:55 pm on April 19, 2012
    Mr. Powell Says:

    Yeah Rice kiddos!! Good job!

    Miss you guys!

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  13. At 7:50 pm on April 19, 2012
    Daniel Wang Says:

    When I first heard this piece, I thought,” Well, this might be a long shot for us…” Turns out, we made it!

    Thanks to Mr. Mackey for writing this amazing piece and recognizing us for it.

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  15. At 9:45 pm on April 19, 2012
    Tiger You Says:

    I was the bassoon soloist for this piece. It was really a lot of fun to learn and play. We all had a great time and ended up having an incredible performance. Mr. Mackey, you have written a very fantastic piece. I’m glad you like it!

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  17. At 9:56 pm on April 19, 2012
    David Hashe Says:

    I was the marimba player. Amazing piece. I doubt that I’d ever find instructions to play like a schizophrenic Morse Code operator anywhere else.

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  19. At 2:06 pm on April 20, 2012
    Alec Thomas Says:

    Wow! You’d be fortunate to find a high school band this good! I can’t believe this is a middle school band. Great performance!

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  21. At 9:02 pm on May 1, 2012
    Hideo Ishii-Adajar Says:

    I am proud to be the djembe player of this piece! It was definitely worth learning and exciting to play. Thank you Mr. Mackey for such a fun piece!

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  23. At 10:33 pm on April 28, 2013
    Mike Hawk Says:

    Wow this is terrible. Just kidding it’s fantastic <3

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  25. At 10:39 pm on April 28, 2013
    Avni Says:

    Plano kids REPRESENT!

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  27. At 10:39 pm on April 28, 2013
    Stephanie Vu Says:

    This sucks.

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  29. At 10:47 pm on April 28, 2013
    ^^ jk i lied Says:


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