Rich Willey with blue shirt playing the trumpet

Trumpeter, Bandleader, Teacher, Arranger & Composer, Clinician, Guest Artist


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Rich Willeys Boptism Funk Band Conspiracy

Rich Willey’s Boptism Funk Band — Conspiracy

Composer Rich Willey, in an effort to get some of his tunes recorded as well as possible, assembled this amazing group of musicians at Manifold Recording Studio in Pittsboro, NC, from April 6–8 of 2019.

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Rich Willey’s Boptism Big Band — Down & Dirty

Rich has finally had several of his original tunes expertly scored for 18-piece big band by arrangers Michael Abene, Gordon Goodwin, Wally Minko and Chris Walden.


Tools to help you become a better jazz musician

“Is it true that I can achieve a form of self-transcendence by practicing demanding, in-depth materials and jump-start my musicianship by pushing myself beyond what I thought I was capable of achieving?” At Boptism Music we absolutely believe this is true. All of our Jazz Study Zone materials are designed to challenge you and help you grow as a creative, improvising musician. Boptism Music can definitely help you get the ball rolling!

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    Trumpet Voodoo by Rich Willey (hard-copy)

    Strange and mysterious assortment of seemingly basic, even harmless drills that will open up a massive can of whoopass on the most dreaded imaginable set of gig conditions!

    There are many principles incorporated into this material that will help build strength and resilience unlike any other resource.

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  • Get Right To It! — for trumpet by Rich Willey
    Get Right To It! — for trumpet by Rich Willey (hard-copy)

    How do you stay prepared to play any gig that pops up at the last minute? A grueling four hour gig after three days of no gigs? How on earth are you supposed to be prepared for that?

    These workouts are designed to develop and improve embouchure readiness, mental preparedness, reading and key fluency in your ‘‘cash register’’ (and maybe even a little beyond).

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    Rich Willey — Puttin’ On The Ritz — Vinyl (Double LP Set)

    A set of eleven meticulously arranged (and almost flawlessly performed) tunes, none of which are at all alike.

    If you like a diverse set of enjoyable music with lots of great old recognizable melodies, this is the album for you.

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Trumpet & Trombone Lessons via Skype

Rich Willey, devoted student of Dr. Donald S. “Doc” Reinhardt, teaches trumpet and trombone students according to what he learned during his eight years of private, in-person study with “Doc” (including attendance at two of Reinhardt’s three-day teacher’s clinics) between 1978 and 1986. Thanks to Skype, online trumpet lessons and online trombone lessons are the perfect alternative to traveling great distances. Rich offers “chops” and/or “improv” lessons online.

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Add Brass Tracks to Your Recording

Rich Willey offers virtual recording session services by providing brass tracks for composers and producers of many music and commercial media sound tracks (TV, film, video games & library). Rich composes, arranges, and records trumpet, flugelhorn, bass trumpet and tuba parts using a Royer R-122 ribbon mic, a Neumann TLM 193 large-diaphragm condenser mic as well as an Electro Voice RE20 dynamic cardioid mic for 100% guaranteed Pro Tools tracks that lay right into your project.

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