The amazing Wally Minko has created another epic work in his arrangement of Rich Willey’s Funk Heap. This 64-bar tune goes through the paces via Wally’s fertile imagination and will put your band through the paces attempting to play this as written. There is solo space for alto sax and tenor sax, space for your guitarist to do some “gnarly shredding,” and the drummer gets some solo space, too.
Also, Wally arranged Rich’s soli section to feature the whole band. You will not want to sight-read this chart on a gig, seriously. 😉
Written for five saxophones, four trumpets, a bass trumpet part that could be played on trumpet or flugelhorn, four trombones, piano, guitar, bass, drums and optional percussionist. Doubles for the winds are as follows: ▪ alto 1 and 2 and tenor 2 also play flute, and ▪ trumpet 1 and 2 both also play flugelhorn.
The second trumpet part goes up to a four leger-line G (interestingly, the lead trumpet only goes up to the E just below that). This tune is unquestionably Grade 6. Chart length is 312 written bars, tempo is ♩ = 200 and the score is 39 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
Mike Rocha — 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
Wally Minko and Rich on the mound.
Photo by Angela Fornero