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Selected credits

Some of the artists Steve has had the privilege to work with either as a live performer, producer/arranger, or as a studio musician.

John Williams
Nate Ruess
Jason Mraz
David Foster
Peter Asher
Paul Simon
Peter Cetera
Michael Bolton
Tobias Jesso Jr.
Dylan Gardner
Jim Adkins / Jimmy Eat World
Becky G
Don Was
Steve Gadd
Justin Meldal-Johnsen
Jeff Bhasker
Sam Means
Bill Murray
Steve Martin
Edie Brickell
Roger Joseph Manning, Jr.
Young the Giant
Emile Haynie
Randy Newman
Brian Wilson
Andrew Wyatt
Colin Blunstone
John Grant
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds
Ruben Studdard
Brenna Whitaker
Mark Masri
Kelly Levesque
Fernando Varela
Graham Nash
Kenny Loggins
J.D. Souther
Katherine McPhee
Stevie Nicks
Cobra Starship
Chris Isaak
Lyle Lovett
Paul Anka
Tony Bennett
Andrea Bocelli
Natalie Cole
Reba McEntire
Patrick Stump
Shawn Colvin
Michelle Branch
Boz Skaggs
Spencer Davis
Sean and Sara Watkins
Micky Dolenz
The Webb Sisters
Raul Malo
Neil Sedaka
Michael Feinstein
William Joseph
Katherine Jenkins
Peter and Gordon
Gerry and the Pacemakers
Cody Karey
Classical Nouveaux
Monica Mancini
Kenny Endo
BeBe & CeCe Winans
Tom Scott
Joe Chiccarelli
Chad and Jeremy
Patti Austin
Clay Walker
David Benoit
Dick Hyman
Matthew Wolcott

recent projects

Nate Ruess's official lyric video for 'Brightside' from the new album Grand Romantic. Orchestra arranged by Roger Joseph Manning, Jr., orchestration and conducting by Steve Aho.

Steve Aho playing timpani and percussion with Adele at the 2013 Oscar Academy Awards

Live at the Hollywood Bowl with Andrea Bocelli. Violinist Caroline Campbell. Composed by Leonard Bernstein, arranged by Raimundo Penaforte, adapted by Caroline Campbell, orchestrated by Steve Aho.

"11-ish" - Feat. Steve Aho, recorded and filmed at Brick and Mortar Studios in Los Angeles. With Peter Kaster on bass.

Performance of William Joseph's "Kashmir" 60 feet in the air at LACMA. William Joseph, piano, Caroline Campbell, violin, Steve Aho, drums and Trevor Gorton, bass.

Recored at Brick & Mortar Studios, Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles on Feb. 24th 2012 Produced by Peter Kastner. Bass: Peter Kastner Drums: Aram Zarikiam Guitars: Sebastian Rossboeck, Blake Straus Keys: Steve Aho Lapsteel: Critical Jim Vocals: Laura Baruch, Michael Bleiweis, Jesse Bradley, Andreya Triana Writen by Lennon/McCartney

Featuring William Joseph on piano, Pauline Kim Harris on violin, Alisha Bauer on cello and Steve Aho on drums. Composed by David Foster and William Joseph.

Official music video for Becky G's "Break A Sweat" with Steve Aho in the drum line.

Amazon Prime commercial - drums, additional orchestration and programming by Steve Aho.

United Airlines commercial featuring Steve Aho playing timpani in business class

Provided to YouTube by Warner Music Group Be Honest (feat. Inara George) · Jason Mraz · Inara George ℗ 2012 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. Steve Aho - vibraphone.

Provided to YouTube by Sony Music Entertainment Go Where The Love Is · Edie Brickell · The Gadabouts ℗ 2013 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation Released on: 2013-06-28 Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Vocal: Edie Brickell Associated Performer: The Gadabouts Associated Performer: Edie Brickell and The Gaddabouts Drums, Producer: Steve Gadd Congas, Percussion: Steve Aho Percussion, Producer, Vocal: Paul Simon / 保羅賽門 Percussion, Producer: Peter Asher Piano: Jeffrey Alan Ross Guitar: Hugh McCracken Guitar: Jeffrey Mironov Bass: Neil Jason Grossman Accordion: Adrian Simon Recording Engineer: Andy Smith Recording Engineer: Nathaniel Kunkel



Music Transcription SERVICE

Steve's interest in music transcription began when he was in high school. In learning to play jazz vibraphone and piano, he began transcribing and learning to play the solos of his favorite jazz musicians. He accepted his first paid job transcribing music while a music student at the University of Michigan. Since that time, he has transcribed thousands of pieces of music and created lead sheets, rhythm section charts, full orchestral scores, big band arrangements, and musical theater books.

Besides accurately notating music in terms of pitch, note value, dynamics, etc., being a great transcriptionist requires a thorough knowledge of orchestration and of the various capabilities of the instrument(s). Steve's absolute pitch, fluency with notation software, and attention to visual detail have made him one of Los Angeles' most in-demand music transcriptionists. 

Sheet music is delivered to clients as PDF files for printing or publishing, and can also be delivered in a professionally printed and bound format if desired. MIDI files, SIB or MUS files (for Sibelius or Finale), or MusicXML files will also be provided if requested.


  1. Contact Steve with the details of your request and include any necessary materials (audio file, YouTube link, etc).
  2. Prospective clients will receive an exact quote and guaranteed date of delivery. Because the complexity and time involved with transcription varies greatly, pricing is project-specific rather than a “per-minute” or “per-page” basis. For large-scale projects, a deposit may be required.
  3. Clients will receive a link to download their transcription upon receipt of payment. 

Transcription Services offered

  • Lead sheets (i.e. Piano/Vocal, Melody/Chords, etc.)
  • Master Rhythm (all rhythm parts together or as separate parts)
  • Solo piano
  • Solo instrument / voice
  • String quartet, chamber music
  • Big band
  • Pit orchestra
  • Full orchestra
  • MIDI transcription (translate sequenced MIDI into playable parts)
  • Professional, publishing-quality engraving from handwritten music

Testimonials From Clients

"I can't believe you were able to transcribe that crazy piano part! You saved the day." - Dave M.

"Thank you again for your prompt and excellent work..!" - John S.

"Thanks so much for all the work you did on this! Made the string recording very seamless." - Steven M. 

"Your charts made playing this very difficult music a breeze! Thanks so much." - Alan K.

"The session went great! Thanks for the flawless charts!" - Carol B.

"The orchestra rehearsal went so smoothly thanks to the new parts. Bravo!" - Bernhard W. 

Examples of Transcription work

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