Wally Minko stated that he really loved Rich Willey’s tune Little Treasures, and his arrangement of it sorta proves that. Wally took this 6/8 tune and made it into a journey of a thousand miles that begins with a single step.
There is solo space for alto saxophone and trumpet.
Written for five saxophones, five trumpets (the fifth solo trumpet part may be played on trumpet or flugelhorn), four trombones, piano, guitar, bass, drums and optional percussion. Doubles for the winds are as follows: ▪ alto 1 and 2 and tenor 1 and 2 also play flute, and ▪ trumpets 1–4 also play flugelhorn.
The lead and second trumpet parts go up to a four leger-line and one space F (with a G and an optional A♭ above that in the lead part). This tune is Grade 6, no question about it. Chart length is 207 written bars, tempo is ♩. = 70 | ♪ = 210 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
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 in the control room at the mixing session, LAFX in North Hollywood, CA.
Photo by Angela Fornero