• Composer: Mackey, John
  • Grade: 3
  • Duration: 4:00
  • Genre: Concert Band
  • Publisher: Osti Music
  • Item No: GOMS-90006


The idea with Foundry was to make a piece that celebrates the fact that percussionists have this ability to make just about anything into an "instrument." Snare drums and bass drums are great, but why not write a whole piece featuring non-traditional percussion - things like salad bowls and mixing bowls and piles of wood?

In some cases, I was specific about what instrument to play (timpani, xylophone, etc.). With many of the parts, though, I only described what sound I wanted (play a "clang"- a metal instrument, probably struck with a hammer, that creates a rich "CLANG!" sound), and allowed the percussionist to be creative in finding the best "instrument" to make the sound I described. 

It won't be surprising that Foundry, for concert band with "found percussion," much of it metallic, ends up sounding like a steel factory. The composer thanks the required 10-12 percussionists for allowing his ridiculous requests to continue. Clang.


Bb Cl.1,2&3

Percussion: (12 players preferred) *
*Timpani (tuning, low-to-high : G, Bb, D, A)
*4 resonant, rattling piles of metal or other rattling metal objects (such as train rails with other metal leaned on top. Must have some resonance, but no definable pitches.)
*Vibraslap (can be played by the same player playing the "clang")
*"Clang" - a metal instrument, probably struck with a hammer, that creates a rich (ie, deep, not pingy) "clang" sound. Could be a metal pipe, or a brake drum with a bell plate on top, etc. Should have no clear pitch. Do not simply use a brake drum.
*4 wooden objects, non-pitched (something like temple blocks or wood blocks)
*4 metal mixing-type bowls
*Whip (or other wooden, non-pitched, bright sound with immediate decay and no ring)
*4 cymbals : 1 Splash cymbal (or other bright, quick-decay cymbal),1 suspended crash cymbal, and 2 different-sized China-like cymbals
*4 tom-toms and 1 kevlar drum (or snare drum in place of kevlar drum)
*Wind gong (or other large cymbal, rich in color, that speaks quickly and can be quickly choked, or,
a thundersheet, shaken instead of struck)
*Bass drum


* It is preferred that all percussion parts be assigned, even if it means "borrowing" players from other sections of the ensemble that may be otherwise "over-staffed." (The exception is the trombone section, which must not be thinned.) If any percussion parts must be omitted, the marimba, wind gong, and whip parts should be the first cut.
The above "found" percussion instruments are merely guidelines. Creativity in finding alternative sounds is strongly encouraged.