Funk Heap by Rich Willey arranged by Wally Minko

Original price was: $110.00.Current price is: $55.00.

Rich’s melody plus Wally Minko’s arranging add up to this challenging epic arrangement that will wow your audiences and give your band a solid workout.

You can get funky with integrity if your band can pull off this chart.

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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 are now available only as PDF files for you to print out yourself (at half the price that we used to charge for printed parts).

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Here is how this chart sounds as played by Rich Willey’s Boptism Big Band:


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