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Big Sam's Funky Nation

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Big Sam’s Funky Nation is a driving force of urban funk. The band is led by trombone powerhouse, Big Sam Williams, formerly the trombonist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, who the San Francisco Chronicle calls “the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz.” 

On October 13th, 2016 Big Sam's Funky Nation's West Coast tour hit a snag after thieves broke into their van and stole several instruments. 

According to the band's manager, Steven Klein, someone "smashed the windows in the van stealing Sam's notorious long time trombone, JBlakk Henderson's Bass amp and Seizo Shibayama's guitar, amongst other personal items including Sam's favorite Krewe du Optics."

All money raised will be used to replace the stolen instruments.

Every dollar counts, please donate generously. 

Sam's Trombone
Custom Trombone $6,000
Case $400
Mouthpieces $400

JBlakk Henderson's Bass
Bass $1,000
Case $300
Strap $200

Seizo Shibayama's Guitar
Guitar $2,000
Case $200
Strap $150

Shipping  $300

Vehicle Repair $250

Big Sam's trombone among instruments stolen in Las Vegas



  • Emmy Stanley
    • $25 
    • 8 yrs

Organizer and beneficiary

Ryan Becnel
New Orleans, LA
Sam Bolden

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