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Thanks to 205 amazing Kickstarter backers, Rick Hirsch's Big Ol' Band recorded and released their debut album. And it's a good one.
Thanks to 205 amazing Kickstarter backers, Rick Hirsch's Big Ol' Band recorded and released their debut album. And it's a good one.
205 backers pledged $18,415 to help bring this project to life.

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A Little Pocono Git-Down (modern big-band CD)

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Every dollar pledged beyond our $17,000 goal will be invested in making this album even more amazing!  

Additional support will allow us to:
...take more time in the studio as needed...develop a strong marketing budget to get this CD out there!
...have some breathing room for unexpected expenses which, by definition, will come up.

THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT!

 

 A Little Pocono Git-Down is...

...the debut full-length recording of Rick Hirsch's Big ol' Band.
...a modern big band romp.
...a good time to be had by all.
...20 musicians laying it all out there.
...9 brand-new pieces by veteran jazz composer Rick Hirsch.

p.s. This album will be recorded at a world-class studio just south of the Pocono Mountains, involving a band-ful of musicians with strong ties to Pennsylvania.

 

...is a boatload of creative jazz musicians.
...is a positive force in feel-good jazz.
...will make your day a good one!
...does NOT require a music degree to enjoy.

 

 

 

 

» 7 brand-new Rick Hirsch originals — 6 of which were composed for forward-thinking high school & college jazz ensembles here in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

» 2 brand-new Rick Hirsch de-rangements. Did you know he has a thing for translating non-jazz tunes into the big band language?

Here are rough recordings of 6 of these 9 tunes. 

  • The first bootleg was recorded at a club date by the U of Northern Iowa Jazz Band One.
  • The remaining tracks are bootlegs of the Zeropoint & River City Big Bands sight-reading the tunes at their monthly bar gigs.
  • The final 3 tunes are not quite finished—but will be soon!

» A Little Pocono Git-Down «   view scorelisten 
  (commissioned by the Wallenpaupack Area HS Jazz Band)

» Giddyup! «   view score | listen
   (commissioned by the State College Area HS Jazz Band)

» Mambo Over the Mountain «   view score | listen
   (commissioned by the Huntingdon Area HS Jazz Band)

» Metroliner «   view score | listen
   (commissioned by the University of Maryland Jazz Band One)

» Mischief Night «   view score | listen
   (initially titled Piazzolla's Ghost, commissioned by the State College Area HS Jazz Band)

» The Old Chief's Lookout «   view score | listen
   (commissioned by the Hollidaysburg Area HS Jazz Band)

» Tonight We Tango « 
  (Hirsch original — no audio yet)

» Wonderful Tonight «  
  (Eric Clapton — no audio yet)

» Swingardium Leviosa « 
  (John Williams — no audio yet)

 

 

Sheet music for the pieces on this album

The seven original compositions will be published by HirschMusic (though, there is always a possibility that Alfred Music might pick up a tune or two).

Rick would LOVE to publish the two arrangements ('Wonderful Tonight' & 'Swingardium Leviosa'), but this will depend on whether or not his request to license these tunes is approved. Stay tuned...

About HirschMusic Publications

Since 2010 Rick has operated HirschMusic Publications, a fully-professional publisher specializing in music for jazz ensembles and saxophone ensembles.

The music in this catalog has received numerous awards and distinctions, including multiple Editor's Choice designations in the JW Pepper catalog.

All titles are engraved to the highest professional standard (Rick cut his teeth as personal music copyist for Bob Mintzer, Yusef Lateef, and Toshiko Akiyoshi). And everything is available as PDF downloads and beautifully printed hard copies.

Take a look at the catalog.

 

 

 

 

 

Here's how your money will be invested:

And from the Bank of Hirsch, I have $500 earmarked towards the project. This was my prize for winning the 2015 Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble Composition contest with my composition Mirage.

 

Believe it or not, the $17,000 goal is the minimum we need to get this project up and running. (See budget above)

But, we've got big ol' plans!  And, if we are able to exceed our fundraising goal, all the better.

Here's how we'll invest your funds if you help us raise...

...$20,000...we will have some breathing room for unexpected expenses.

...$25,000...we will have a nice marketing budget to help spread the good word once the CD is released (hire publicist, produce marketing video(s), etc).

...$30,000...the musicians themselves will be able to earn more for their artistic contributions to this project. Believe me: they deserve much more than they will receive under the basic budget.

...And beyond $$$...will be a huge help in making this the best recording project it can be! And who knows...maybe we'll just take the show on the road. :-)

 

  • May, 2016  Kickstarter Campaign
  • May-June, 2016  Rick Hirsch puts finishing touches on last three arrangements
  • July, 2016  Rehearse, perform, and record the music
  • August, 2016  Mixing; CD design work begins
  • September, 2016  Mastering, final CD design work
  • October, 2016  CD manufacturing, preparing sheet music for publication
  • November, 2016  time buffer if needed for unexpected delays
  • December, 2016  Delivery of all rewards
  • January, 2017  Official CD release & publication of sheet music

 

There a lot of moving parts in this project, but I believe the investment risk is low.

We have all of our ducks in a row: 

  • Rehearsal & studio time are scheduled.
  • All musicians are lined up. 
  • Recording and mixing engineers are confirmed.
  • The music is (almost) all written — and will be finished up soon.
  • Our budget is realistic and achievable.
  • Our production timeline is realistic and achievable.
  • I have overseen numerous recording projects.
  • I am an experienced and effective bandleader.
  • I have successfully coordinated many projects of this size and scope.
  • We have organized rewards fulfillment protocol.
  • We have chosen a CD manufacturer.
  • We have identified potential art directors.
  • I have years of experience fulfilling orders accurately and on time as an independent music publisher.

And we have an amazing support network that includes you!

 

 

 

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    THE DOWNLOAD

    Digital download of our new album

    + Access Pass, which includes:
    . videos of recording session
    . candid interviews with the musicians
    . bonus unreleased tracks from previous sessions

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    THE CD

    Autographed physical copy of our new CD

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    THE INTRO BUNDLE

    • Autographed CD
    • PLUS lead sheet of a tune from the album—autographed by Rick Hirsch
    • PLUS 2 Big ol' Band stickers

    *** Because we love you. ***

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    THE COMBO 3-PACK

    • 3-pack of jazz combo "head charts":
    ....combo versions of tunes from the album
    ....'lead line' in Bb, Eb, C, Bass clef
    ....rhythm section parts
    ....PDF files

    *** Spice up your gig! ***

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    THE BIG BAND CHART

    Full Jazz Ensemble chart (parts & score PDFS)—you choose from the 7 originals on the album.

    *** Be the first band on the block with one of these charts! ***

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    THE LINER NOTE THANK-YOU

    Your name listed in a special thank-you section in the CD liner notes!

    *** Cool! ***

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    THE AUTOGRAPHED SCORE

    A high-quality print of the (8.5x11) title page of the conductor's score to "A Little Pocono Git-Down"—autographed by the entire band.

    *** Totally frame-worthy! ***

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    BAND DIRECTOR'S SPECIAL

    • THREE [3] full Jazz Ensemble charts (parts & score PDFs)—you choose from the 7 originals on the album
    • PLUS Combo Chart 3-pack (see $55 level above)
    • PLUS 25 Big-ol'-Band stickers — enough for everyone in the band!

    *** This package is a $250 value! ***

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    THE HIRSCH LESSON

    • 1-hour private music lesson with Rick Hirsch. At Rick's home in State College—or via Skype.
    • PLUS a new Hirsch Big Band chart OR Combo 3-pack (your choice)

    *** Let's try to answer some of your musical questions! ***

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    THE EDDIE SEVERN LESSON

    • 1-hour private music lesson with trumpet & improvisation guru Eddie Severn
    • via Skype
    • PLUS a new Hirsch Big Band chart OR Combo 3-pack (your choice)

    *** Only 1 available! ***

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    THE GREG JOHNSON LESSON

    • 1-hour private music lesson with Bob Mintzer's protegé Greg Johnson
    • via Skype
    • PLUS a new Hirsch Big Band chart OR Combo 3-pack (your choice)

    *** Only 1 available! ***

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    THE TIM POWELL LESSON

    • 1-hour private music lesson with Dr. Tim Powell, saxophone professor at the University of Maryland & Rowan University—expert in Classical and Jazz!
    • via Skype
    • PLUS a new Hirsch Big Band chart OR Combo 3-pack (your choice)

    *** Only 1 available! ***

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    THE ALEX MEIXNER LESSON

    • 1-hour private music lesson with Grammy-nominated accordionist Alex Meixner. He has a broad range of talents & skills to share. Look him up!
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    • PLUS a new Hirsch Big Band chart OR Combo 3-pack (your choice)

    *** Only 1 available! ***

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    THE STEVE RUDOLPH LESSON

    • 1-hour private music lesson with piano & improvisation icon Steve Rudolph
    • via Skype
    • PLUS a new Hirsch Big Band chart OR Combo 3-pack (your choice)

    *** Only 1 available! ***

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    THE SCHMOOZE

    • Schmooze with Rick over coffee or lunch in State College—or on a 30-minute phone/Skype call
    • PLUS an autographed lead sheet (printed music) for a tune from the CD
    • PLUS your name listed in a special thank-you section in the CD liner notes

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    THE AUTOGRAPHED SCORE — *LIMITED*

    One of the actual 11x17 spiral-bound conductor's scores used in the recording sessions—autographed by the entire band.

    *** Only 9 available! ***

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    THE IMPROV VIDEO

    • Rick Hirsch improvises a short saxophone tune per your guidelines...you provide an image, feeling, or vibe...and he comes up with a new tune, just for you!
    • He'll capture it on video so you can view and share as you wish.
    • PLUS your name listed in a special thank-you section in the CD liner notes.

    *** Go ahead an inspire a brand-new tune! ***

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    THE CLINIC

    • Rick Hirsch will visit your jazz band rehearsal and work 'em on the chart(s) of your choice!
    • PLUS one [1] new Big Band chart—you choose from the 7 originals on the album
    • PLUS the Combo 3-pack
    • PLUS 25 Big-ol'-Band stickers—enough for everyone in the band

    *** Travel fees will apply beyond a 90-minute radius of State College, PA. Please call to discuss BEFORE you pledge so we can hash out the details.

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    THE DEDICATION

    • One tune on album dedicated to you or person of your choosing
    • PLUS a matted print of the title page of the conductor's score—which shows the dedication—autographed by Rick Hirsch
    • PLUS your name listed in a special thank-you section in the CD liner notes

    *** This dedication will appear on the published sheet music ***

    *** Only 3 available! ***

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    THE TRANSCRIPTION

    • The "$555 Improv Video" as described above
    • PLUS the notated sheet music of the song Rick improvises for you—personalized and autographed by Rick.
    • PLUS your choice of any additional reward valued up to $115.
    • PLUS your name listed in a special thank-you section in the CD liner notes.

    *** Go ahead an inspire a brand-new tune AND get the sheet music for it! ***

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    THE BENEFACTOR

    • Your name prominently listed in the CD liner notes as benefactor-level supporter
    • PLUS your choice of any additional reward valued up to $655 (except those identified as "Limited reward").

    *** You're a one-person Arts Council! ***

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    THE COFFEE HOUSE

    • You provide the living room, your friends, the noshes and the beverages.
    • Rick Hirsch will present an intimate solo saxophone concert with conversation and Q&A about creativity and craft.
    • PLUS your name listed in a special thank-you section of the CD liner notes
    • PLUS three [3] extra signed CDs for your guests at the party
    • PLUS a dozen Big-ol'-Band stickers

    *** Travel fees may apply beyond a 2-hour radius of State College, PA. Please call to discuss BEFORE you pledge to discussion location & scheduling. ***

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    THE HOUSE PARTY

    • The Rick Hirsch 4 (Rick's jazz quartet) plays your house party for up to 3 hours. Only 2 available!
    • PLUS your name listed in a special thank-you section of the CD liner notes
    • PLUS three [3] extra signed CDs for your guests at the party
    • PLUS a dozen Big-ol'-Band stickers

    *** Travel fees will apply beyond a 2-hour radius of State College, PA. Please call to discuss BEFORE you pledge to discussion location & scheduling. ***

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    THE ANGEL

    • Your name prominently listed in the CD's liner notes as angel-level supporter
    • PLUS your choice of any two [2] additional rewards valued up to $655 (except those identified as "Limited reward").

    *** You're our personal NEA ***

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    THE BIG KAHUNA

    • You are the co-Executive Producer of the album
    • PLUS your name prominently listed in the CD's liner notes as such
    • PLUS your choice of any two [2] additional rewards valued up to $655 (except those identified as "Limited reward").

    *** You are truly the Big Kahuna! ***

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    THE BIG OL' HOUSE PARTY

    • Rick Hirsch's Big Ol' Band plays your party! Must be between Harrisburg and State College, PA. Only 1 available!
    • PLUS your name listed in a special thank-you section in the CD's liner notes
    • PLUS three [3] extra signed CDs for your guests at the event
    • PLUS a dozen Big-ol'-Band stickers

    * Due to travel logistics & scheduling, it is possible that some musicians on the CD may not be present for your event. But, excellent substitutes will be there! *

    *** Please call BEFORE you pledge to discuss location & scheduling. ***

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Funding period

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