Big Band Charts and Big Band Arrangements

2009 Fundraiser for Fellow Jazz Musician and Arranger

A few months ago I emailed you guys letting you know that I was thinking of doing another fundraiser, much like the one we did for Dave Spring back in December of 2007.

The idea was for me to give away some big band charts in exchange for donations to a deserving candidate – another fellow jazz musician that through no fault of their own hit some really rough times.

ALOT of people emailed me back suggesting certain people they had in mind – and they all sounded very deserving believe me.

I had a very, very hard time deciding on who would be the recipient this year. However, one person in particular was nominated by a few different people from different bands – and they were in my home state of Michigan.

It turns out the person they nominated was a trumpet player and arranger too. His name is George and this is his story.

Watch the video below to learn more about George and the big band charts that I’m giving away this year – and you will also learn how you can have a chance to win an ipod touch just for participating.

Make a Donation – Get some Big Band Charts

I’m giving away two big band arrangements this year in exchange for your donations. The first is a chart I did on the tune Sail Away. If you were around in 2007, you may already have this one. For those that are new, its a fun chart for your tenor soloist. I also made solo parts for other instruments as well.

Take a listen and view the score below.

Silent Night

This year I actually sat down and wrote a big band arrangement on a Christmas tune. Its an easy bossa nova style rendition of Silent Night. Includes flugel solo and is easy enough for most any band to play. Lead trumpet doesn’t go very high, and it has some nice changes for a soloist to blow on. Its easy enough to sight read on a gig for the holidays.

Listen and view the score below. The recording was a quickie done by the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra at their last rehearsal.

BONUS: I also did an arrangement of Silent Night for 10 piece band, and one for female vocalist and 3 horns. Make a donation in any amount and I’ll throw in these charts too!

Get All of These Charts By Making a Donation to George

Get these two big band arrangements, a 10 piece chart and a combo chart with vocal by simply making a donation – in any amount – for George.

Donate whatever you personally feel is doable for you. Its probably at least $50-60 worth of music if I sold them on the website.

Donate $20 or more and you will be entered into a drawing to win a brand new iPod Touch!

To make it even more fun, I will enter your name in a drawing to win a brand new iPod Touch if you donate $20 or more for George. All the names will go in a hat and I will make a video of the drawing and announce the winner. You must donate $20 or more though to be eligible to win. I will ship the iPod Touch to any location on earth!

Donate $20 or more and get a chance to win this Ipod Touch!

Make your donation by clicking on the button below. You decide on what you want to give. After your donation via PayPal, will receive an email with download instructions for the charts.

You can the return to this page where you can leave a comment of encouragement for George below. I will copy all of these comments from you guys and compile them into a book to give to George to show him your support and well wishes.

73 Responses to “2009 Fundraiser for Fellow Jazz Musician and Arranger”

  • Kevin Chreston says:

    Great playing with you. Thanks for the encouragement. Good luck.

  • Joe Cilluffo says:

    George,I want to wish you the best of luck and a Happy Holiday this season. I want to thank you for all the encouragement you have give me.
    Keep the Faith, my friend.

  • Michael says:

    Hi George,

    I am sorry to hear of your misfortune and I hope that things improve for you soon. Have a good Christmas.

  • ejwtpt says:

    George, on the lighter side, Chet Baker sounded pretty damn good after he lost his teeth!

  • Steve Poirier says:

    George, I’ve learned so much from you in the past and look forward to a brighter future for you.

    Steve Poirier

  • Paul Combs says:

    Dear George,

    We will be playing the Silent Night Chart this Sunday and thinking of you. I hope this fund raiser is able to make a difference for you.




  • Jack Kotter says:

    George, we’ve had some good times playing together in One Beat Back, Swing Shift and the Manny Balos band. Your charts are the greatest! Hang in there, pal and God bless. Dr. Kulik sends his rehards. Jack

  • Pierluigi Politi says:

    I have a big band here, in Italy, where ten people with autism play together with us. Let’s help each other, it’s the best thing we can do in out life.
    Merry Christmas,
    Pierluigi Politi

  • David Coleman says:

    Dear George:

    Thanks for all that you do these days for the Swing Shift Orchestra; but also for the greater musical community at large. I hope that all of this is an omen of many far better days to come. Peace!

    David Coleman

  • Bob Deddy says:

    Dear George :

    I’m the leader of a Big Band In Pennsylvania. ( Just outside Philly …) We’ll be playing the Silent Night Chart next Tuesday night and thinking about you. Thoughts and prayers are with you … Stay strong … Sometime better times are just around the bend …
    God Bless

    Bob Deddy

  • Edmatecki says:


    Hope your future brightens up.

    Granite City Swing Band

  • Diane Trombley says:

    Hey George,

    It’s been fun working with you for all these years. You’re a sweet guy. What is it they always say about trumpet players? Not sure you ever answered that. Hope things are looking brighter soon. :)


  • Derrick says:

    Dear George

    Very best wishes from all of us in the Consortium Big Band, Coventry, England. We’ll be playing Jim’s arrangement of Silent Night this evening and we will share a moment with you.


  • George Millsap says:

    I am the grateful recipient of Jim’s and your generosity. My freinds and Jim suprized me on my birthday December 12 at a Xmas party I attended. I am very moved by your wonderful comments as well as the love and generosity shown to me. If I live to be a hundred I will never forget that moment ever. If I could I would hug every one of you. Its nice to know that musicians take care of their own. I have always subscribed to that theory and this proves it. Let me close by saying thank you from the bottom of my heart, and may God bless you all.

    George Millsap

  • Henderson says:


    I hope this small contribution might help to brighten your Christmas season. These are difficult times for many, but I feel confident that Jim’s generosity and that of the other PDFJazzMusic readers has made yours a little less so. Merry Christmas


  • Bruce says:

    Hi Jim, you are doing a great thing helping fellow musicians. All the best with your endeavours and have a great Christmas.

    One question though I have been able to download one score but it continues to print it again, instead of printing the parts. How do I get the chart on screen again? Thanks for your help. Bruce.

  • Nick Poveromo says:

    George,Praying for nothing but the best for you in 2010.HAVE A GOOD HOIDAY SEASON.

  • Bruce says:

    Hi ,I really don’t want to bother you again I have printed out the arrangements and I know we are going to enjoy playing them. Thanks again. One small problem the fourth page of the Tenor Sax 1 Solo part didn’t come through after the six bar Lead. Is there some way of just getting that one page? Thanks –Bruce.

  • Bruce says:

    Sail away was the arr, I was referring too. Bruce.

  • Watty says:

    Wishing George all the very best for Christmas and New Year.

    I’m giving the arrangement to my son’s school jazz band and will tell them the story behind how they got it.

  • MikeMalone says:

    Hi George, Sorry to hear about your troubles, hang in there. There are a lot of people thinking about you and wishing you better times, me included. Take care and hold on to your dreams.

  • George, You don’t know me but I understand your passion and have empathy for your situation. We only have one time in life so you have to bite the bullet & hang on. God willing, things can only get better.


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