Aaron Hettinga

Aaron Hettinga

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

THE polka classic! Beer Barrel Polka is presented here in an arrangement for the instrumentation of Alford’s “Hungry Five” series of Polka band books. In this edition the popular melody gets passed around between the sections and fun accompaniment patterns sneak in from time to time to keep things interesting for players and listeners alike. The familiar TRIO section is likely to get a whole bunch of partiers singing right along with your ensemble.

Every Hungry Five band should have this chart at the ready at all times as it gets requested so often. There are no extreme range or technical challenges in this arrangement for the most part, so even fairly young ensembles could use this to include some polka fun on a German band performance. Ready to go for your Oktoberfest gig!

This fun polka classic is presented here in an arrangement for the instrumentation of Alford’s “Hungry Five” series of Polka band books. In this edition of the song, each instrument or section gets featured at some point. The brasses begin with a trumpet lead, the clarinets take over the melody for a strain, and to wrap things up even the tuba and trombone get featured solos with varying accompaniments from the remaining instruments.

There are no extreme range or technical challenges in this arrangement for the most part, so even fairly young ensembles could use this to include some polka fun on a German band performance. Ready to go for your Oktoberfest gig!

(Please note that the demo recording substitutes Soprano Sax and Trumpets for the Clarinet parts, but they still sound as written)

This arrangement of this Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak and Silk Sonic collab gives a horn section a chance to fill up a performance of “Leave the Door Open." These horn parts play a similar role as the string section on the recording, while following the key and form of the original track to bring some extra punch to the rhythm section.

Really lifts up a live performance!

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.

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