Aaron Hettinga

Aaron Hettinga

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

Nathaniel C. Davis was a cornetist, educator, bandleader, composer and later publisher at the N.C. Davis Music Company of Nashville, Tennessee.

During the 1910's he Taught at Nashville's Fisk university having instructed the notable trumpeter Doc Cheatham. He also taught with the Tennessee School for the Blind as well as serving as President and educator for the Traveling Conservatory of Music that he formed.

Besides leading and performing with his own N.C. Davis band, he was also known as Music Director and General Manager of the Lebanon Band and later served as music director with the Gantry Brothers Circus Band.

Davis' Trombone Family of compositions consists of 5 known pieces written for concert band between 1916 and 1921, of which Master Trombone (1919) was the fourth.

Other Nathaniel Davis works for Trombone and Piano:

Additional information on the preparation of these arrangements is available in the free download, Arranging the Works of N.C. Davis

In the summer of 2020, Aaron Hettinga did a number of arrangements of works by composer Nathaniel C. Davis.

During the course of these arranging projects, Aaron kept tabs on the nature of the work done and assembled his observations into a non-scholarly paper, posted here for free download. In this writing, there are collected observations on the style of the pieces, insights into the necessary arranging decisions and so on. 

This free pdf download (below) will be of interest to those curious about Nathaniel Davis, his works, early 20th century trombone music, and arranging techniques. 

Other Nathaniel Davis works for Trombone and Piano:

Nathaniel C. Davis was a cornetist, educator, bandleader, composer and later publisher at the N.C. Davis Music Company of Nashville, Tennessee.

During the 1910's he Taught at Nashville's Fisk university having instructed the notable trumpeter Doc Cheatham. He also taught with the Tennessee School for the Blind as well as serving as President and educator for the Traveling Conservatory of Music that he formed.

Besides leading and performing with his own N.C. Davis band, he was also known as Music Director and General Manager of the Lebanon Band and later served as music director with the Gantry Brothers Circus Band.

Davis' Trombone Family of compositions consists of 5 known pieces written for concert band between 1916 and 1921, of which Oh Slip It Man (1916) was the first.

Other Nathaniel Davis works for Trombone and Piano:

Additional information on the preparation of these arrangements is available in the free download, Arranging the Works of N.C. Davis

Nathaniel C. Davis was a cornetist, educator, bandleader, composer and later publisher at the N.C. Davis Music Company of Nashville, Tennessee.

During the 1910's he Taught at Nashville's Fisk university having instructed the notable trumpeter Doc Cheatham. He also taught with the Tennessee School for the Blind as well as serving as President and educator for the Traveling Conservatory of Music that he formed.

Besides leading and performing with his own N.C. Davis band, he was also known as Music Director and General Manager of the Lebanon Band and later served as music director with the Gantry Brothers Circus Band.

Davis' Trombone Family of compositions consists of 5 known pieces written for concert band between 1916 and 1921, of which Trombone Français (1921) was the last, written in tribute of his overseas service during WWI.

Other Nathaniel Davis works for Trombone and Piano:

Additional information on the preparation of these arrangements is available in the free download, Arranging the Works of N.C. Davis

Nathaniel C. Davis was a cornetist, educator, bandleader, composer and later publisher at the N.C. Davis Music Company of Nashville, Tennessee.

During the 1910's he Taught at Nashville's Fisk university having instructed the notable trumpeter Doc Cheatham. He also taught with the Tennessee School for the Blind as well as serving as President and educator for the Traveling Conservatory of Music that he formed.

Besides leading and performing with his own N.C. Davis band, he was also known as Music Director and General Manager of the Lebanon Band and later served as music director with the Gantry Brothers Circus Band.

Davis' Trombone Family of compositions consists of 5 known pieces written for concert band between 1916 and 1921, of which Mr. Trombonology (1917) was the second.

Other Nathaniel Davis works for Trombone and Piano:

Additional information on the preparation of these arrangements is available in the free download, Arranging the Works of N.C. Davis

Nathaniel C. Davis was a cornetist, educator, bandleader, composer and later publisher at the N.C. Davis Music Company of Nashville, Tennessee.

During the 1910's he Taught at Nashville's Fisk university having instructed the notable trumpeter Doc Cheatham. He also taught with the Tennessee School for the Blind as well as serving as President and educator for the Traveling Conservatory of Music that he formed.

Besides leading and performing with his own N.C. Davis band, he was also known as Music Director and General Manager of the Lebanon Band and later served as music director with the Gantry Brothers Circus Band.

Davis' Trombone Family of compositions consists of 5 known pieces written for concert band between 1916 and 1921, of which Miss Trombonism (1918) was the third.

Other Nathaniel Davis works for Trombone and Piano:

Additional information on the preparation of these arrangements is available in the free download, Arranging the Works of N.C. Davis

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!

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