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Composer Captures Industry Spirit With Found Percussion


Percussionists can be creative in finding the right instruments to create the necessary sound in “Foundry.”


Composer John Mackey didn’t set out to write a theme for the metalcasting indus- try when he wrote “Foundry.” His main goal was to create a musicallyinteresting piece that middle school and high school bands could play using found percussion. Te result, however, does invoke plenty of metalcasting imagery.


Found percussion celebrates the notion that any item could be created into a percussion instrument. “In some cases, I was specific about what


instrument to play,” Mackey said. “With many of the parts though, I only described the sound I wanted and allowed the percussionist to be creative in finding the best instrument to make the sound I described.”


Between 10 and 12 percussionists are required to play “Foundry”. You just need your computer. To listen to the piece, visit www.metalcastingtv.com.


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