This chart will have your audiences tapping their feet and nodding their heads from start to finish. Gordon Goodwin has taken this crowd-pleasing tune by Rich and made it into a truly enjoyable musical journey.
Written for five saxophones, five trumpets (solo 5th trumpet part can be played on trumpet or bass trumpet or both, as Rich did in the recording below), four trombones, piano, guitar, bass, drums and added percussionist. There are no doubles for any of the wind instruments in this chart.
The lead trumpet part goes up to a four leger-line G. This tune lies somewhere between Grade 5 and Grade 6, but audiences think it is Grade A. Chart length is 224 written bars, tempo is ♩ = 150 and the score is 26 pages.
Our big band charts only come one way, and that is as follows:
• parts are 9″ x 12″ (folded and/or taped) printed on 80 lb. text stock
• scores are 11″ x 17″ on 24 lb. stock comb-bound with 10 ml mylar front sheet and 15-pt. black vinyl back.
Listen to this two-minute excerpt of the beginning of this arrangement:
Dan Higgins — 1st Alto Saxophone
Brian Scanlon — 2nd Alto Saxophone
Bob Sheppard — 1st Tenor Saxophone
Jeff Driskill — 2nd Tenor Saxophone
Jay Mason — Baritone Saxophone
Wayne Bergeron — Lead Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Dan Fornero — 2nd Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Rob Schaer — 3rd Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Tony Bonsera — 4th Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Alex Iles — Lead Trombone
Andy Martin — 2nd Trombone
Steve Holtman — 3rd Trombone
Bill Reichenbach — Bass Trombone
Wally Minko — Keyboards
Andrew Synowiec — Guitar
Edwin Livingston — Bass
Peter Erskine — Drums
Joey DeLeon — Percussion
Recorded January 3rd, 2019, Conway Studios, Los Angeles, CA, engineered by Tommy Vicari
Gordon Goodwin & Rich Willey
Photo by Angela Fornero