Aaron Hettinga

Aaron Hettinga

Listed below are Aaron's works available for sale on this site:

Bette Midler’s fun and quirky rendition of this Christmas ditty is available here as a vocal feature with 3 horns and Rhythm Section accompaniment. It follows her recording in key (D Major) and in form.

The horn section parts emulate the big band ensemble hits, providing a similar sound but with a smaller complement of players. The first trumpet part remains similar to the big band lead trumpet part rangewise. There is a small interlude that allows for a short improvised solo; chord changes are provided with all of the brass parts to feature your best soloist.

The Rhythm/Lead part works as a condensed part that gives the chord changes and general hits for rhythm players and/or conductor, but individual parts are provided for all. The Guitar and Bass parts still use slashes but the Piano part offers a fully notated option. The Percussion part (sleigh bells) is optional.

This song is always a great crowd pleaser and is a great showoff tune for your female vocalist!

Also availible for full Big Band or Brass Quintet horn sections.

Bette Midler’s fun and quirky rendition of this Christmas ditty is available here as a vocal feature with Brass Quintet and Rhythm Section accompaniment. It follows her recording in key (D Major) and in form.

Brass quintet parts emulate the big band ensemble hits, providing a similar sound but with a smaller complement of players. The first trumpet part remains similar to the big band lead trumpet part rangewise. There is a small interlude that allows for a short improvised solo; chord changes are provided with all of the brass parts to feature your best soloist.

The Rhythm/Lead part works as a condensed part that gives the chord changes and general hits for rhythm players and/or conductor, but individual parts are provided for all. The Guitar and Bass parts still use slashes but the Piano part offers a fully notated option. The Percussion part (sleigh bells) is optional.

This song is always a great crowd pleaser and is a great showoff tune for your female vocalist!

Also availible for full Big Band or reduced 3-piece horn sections

Bette Midler’s fun and quirky rendition of this Christmas ditty is available here as a vocal feature with full Big Band accompaniment. It follows her recording in key (D Major) and in form.

Lots of exciting hits and fun interplay within the ensemble. Range-wise, the first trumpet part pops out a few high E’s (concert D). There is a small interlude that varies from the string instrumentation from the recording in favor of a clarinet lead over Miller-style “Sweet” saxes. Alto 2 doubles here on clarinet.

The Rhythm/Lead part works as a condensed part that gives the chord changes and general hits for rhythm players and/or conductor, but individual parts are provided for all. The Guitar and Bass parts still use slashes but the Piano part offers a fully notated option. The Percussion part (sleigh bells) is optional.

This song is always a great crowd pleaser and is a great showoff tune for your female vocalist!

Also availible for reduced horn sections: 3-piece or Brass Quintet

Thursday, 05 November 2020 15:14

Feliz Navidad - Easy Trombone Duet

Here's a fun and easily accessible arrangement of the holiday classic “Feliz Navidad” for Trombone duet. Both parts remain active throughout. The melody stays with the first part while the second part keeps interesting, at times with rhythmic accompaniment and at other times in direct harmony. This will work well with young players on either part.

Scored for 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone will work just fine on the second part as well, though nothing goes higher than the D above middle C, nor below the G at the bottom of the staff.

A great option for beginning players to enjoy playing Christmas music as duet partners!

My Favorite Things – inspired by Kelly Clarkson and arranged for 3 Horns and Rhythm Section  Set in the original key of Em.  Also note that the string parts are optional and the keyboard part only has chord symbols.  A synth/String Reduction part is included that covers all the string parts. This is fairly easy to play though it sounds tougher on the recording. 

Lead Sheet with Piano Intro and chords for the Kari Jobe / Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir song. Key of G.

This A Cappella performance by the Gatlin Brothers is presented here for trombone trio or quartet. As the Gatlin Brothers are a vocal trio, playing this arrangement without the 4th part will still remain faithful to the original performances.

Performance notes - Range: On the top end, the first part goes as high as an A-flat above the staff and the bottom part has an optional pedal A-flat as well. None of these parts present great technical challenges but present an opportunity to display ensemble section playing.

A great option for a reflective moment when used in a worship setting.

A full little tune from the Beatles’ Double-EP "Magical Mystery Tour" shows up here for 5 brass. The form and character of the original recording is generally fairly closely followed. Each instrument part gets a chance to play the melody (or interesting harmony line) for a little while to keep things interesting for all. The “stop-time” verse for the Tuba solo is a fun change-up!

Difficulty: for the most part, things don’t get very range-y other than a couple notes for the trombonist up to a high A. Otherwise, most everyone has a bit of syncopation and moving notes during their run at the melody and a fair amount of lite accompaniment otherwise. A fun lesser-known tune from the Fab Four for your quintet setlist!

Monday, 19 October 2020 11:59

Joshua Fit The Battle - 5 Saxes Sheet Music

Here's a fun arrangement of the traditional spiritual for Saxophone ensemble that is always well received. The melody gets passed around between the various parts of the ensemble and there's some tasty soli sections as well. A great option for those wanting a swing-band type of chart on a Sax Quintet’s program.

Scored for 2 Altos, 2 Tenors and 1 Bari Sax, the Bari gets first crack at the melody with some space for light ad-libbing around the melody before taking on a walking bass role afterward. After an improv solo opportunity for the Lead Alto, there’s a section labeled “EXTREMELY Laid Back” featuring a large shift in rhythmic and harmonic density that works best when observing the wide dynamic variations, playing really light and easy before cranking out the accented off-beat hits and coming right back down before wrapping it all up at the ending.

This chart works well with an advancing ensemble. There’s also the opportunity to keep all players focused on ensemble playing.

Also available for Mixed Brass Ensemble or Trombone Choir

This Ira Stanphill gospel standard is presented here as a feature for a Baritone or Bass vocal soloist backed with a TTBB Gospel Chorus (or Quartet) and Piano/Rhythm section Accompaniment.

Rhythm section parts are included for Piano Accompaniment, Guitar, Bass and Drums. Vocal octavo is sold separately.

Performance option: The A Cappella introduction can be bypassed if desired, making for a fully up-tempo gospel swing tune. A fine addition to any worship or song service!

Full package including Vocals, Rhtyhm Section and Lead Sheet available here

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