This chart is an epic 12/8 work that will take your audience on a whirlwind tour without leaving their seats. The amazing Wally Minko has combined Latin, jazz, and symphonic elements seamlessly in his arrangement of Rich Willey’s Down & Dirty.
Written for five saxophones, five trumpets (solo 5th trumpet part can be played on trumpet or bass trumpet, as Rich did in the recording below), piccolo trumpet soloist, 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, as does the piccolo trumpet part. This tune is Grade 6. Chart length is 208 written bars, tempo is ♩. = 120 and the score is 26 pages. Your band’s reading ability will improve dramatically after you have rehearsed for awhile with all the slick syncopations in this 12/8 meter chart.
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
Thomas Hooten — Piccolo Trumpet
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 4th, 2019, Conway Studios, Los Angeles, CA, engineered by Tommy Vicari
L–R: Wally Minko, Thomas Hooten, Rich Willey, Dan Fornero
Wally Minko and Rich at the podium.
Photos by Angela Fornero
Photo by Rich Willey