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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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    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

    + Digital download of the album
    + Access Pass

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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. ***

    + Digital download of the album
    + Access Pass

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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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    + Digital download of album
    + 2 Big-ol'-Band stickers
    + Access Pass

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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! ***

    + the new CD
    + Digital download of the album
    + 2 Big-'ol'-Band stickers
    + Access Pass

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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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    + 2 Big-ol'-Band stickers
    + Access Pass

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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! ***

    + the new CD
    + Digital download of the album
    + 2 Big-ol'-Band stickers
    + Access Pass

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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! ***

    + the new CD
    + Digital download of the album
    + Access Pass

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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! ***

    + the new CD
    + Digital download of the album
    + 2 Big-ol'-Band stickers
    + Access Pass

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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! ***

    + the new CD
    + Digital download of the album
    + 2 Big-ol'-Band stickers
    + Access Pass

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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! ***

    + the new CD
    + Digital download of the album
    + 2 Big-ol'-Band stickers
    + Access Pass

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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! ***

    + the new CD
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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!
    • via Skype
    • 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! ***

    + the new CD
    + Digital download of the album
    + 2 Big-ol'-Band stickers
    + Access Pass

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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

    + the new CD
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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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    + Digital download of the album
    + 2 Big-ol'-Band stickers
    + Access Pass

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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! ***

    + the new CD
    + Digital download of the album
    + 2 Big-ol'-Band stickers
    + Access Pass

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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.

    + the new CD
    + Digital download of the album
    + Backer-only access

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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! ***

    + the new CD
    + Digital download of the album
    + 2 Big-ol'-Band stickers
    + Access Pass

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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! ***

    + the new CD
    + Digital download of the album
    + 2 Big-ol'-Band stickers
    + Access Pass

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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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    + Digital download of the album
    + 2 Big-ol'-Band stickers
    + Access Pass

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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. ***

    + the new CD
    + Digital download of the album
    + Access Pass

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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 ***

    + the new CD
    + Digital download of the album
    + 2 Big-ol'-Band stickers
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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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