I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas (Hippo The Hero)
Small Ensemble - Digital Sheet Music

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Rhythm Section,Small Ensemble Bass Clef Instrument,Bass Trombone,Double Bass,Drum Set,Drums,Euphonium,Keyboard,Piano,Tenor Trombone,Trombone/Baritone B.C.,Tuba - Level 3 - Digital Download

SKU: A0.961200

Composed by John Rox. Arranged by Bob Coil. 20th Century,Christmas,Contemporary,Jazz,Pop. Score and parts. 33 pages. Polished Brass #4409943. Published by Polished Brass (A0.961200).

This arrangement for Trombone quintet with optional rhythm section should be played with swing eighth notes and a feeling that reflects the tongue-in-cheek humor of the lyrics. It can be performed with a vocalist, as well as just instruments. Letter D and E include some fun glissandos, so don't be shy about bringing them out. Whether you include the extra parts or just play it as a quintet, this is bound to be an audience pleaser.

When Gayla Peevey recorded this song in 1953 she was just 10. It may have sounded like a strange Christmas wish; she wanted a Hippopotamus for Christmas. However, her recording became a hit that led to the purchase of a hippo for the Oklahoma City Zoo. The Bones of Cincinnatus found a welcome audience in 2018, with the birth a hippopotamus named, Fiona, at the Cincinnati Zoo.


The arranger, Bob Coil, is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of music, where he studied bass trombone with Betty Glover. Dr. Coil is the leader of the Bones of Cincinnatus trombone ensemble in Cincinnati, OH.

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