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Hello! My name is Aaron and I have been playing drums for right around 14 years. I started in my garage beating pots and pans, so my parents decided to rent a drumset and I was immediately hooked. Shortly after, I began taking lessons and was fortunate to have an excellent instructor, which has been a big motivator for me to provide the same joy and knowledge I had given to me when I was young. Besides drumset, I also played tenors while at Washington State University, and am currently on the Seahawks Blue Thunder drumline. I also had the opportunity to march several years of drum corps, marching the 2009 season with the Seattle Cascades, and aging out with Arizona Academy in 2010. While at WSU, I was the section leader of the tenor line for three years, and that has been the majority of my teaching experience thus far. I've helped many people who don't have any musical background learn basic drumset concepts, and I hope to expand my professional teaching to drumset as well.
This has been an amazing opportunity. We only get to rehearse once a week and have quite a large repertoire of music, so practicing on your own is a must! (hint hint, students). The drumline consists of 10 snare drums, 5 tenors (that's me!), 8 bass drums, and 7 cymbals. Besides the games, we play tons of gigs throughout the year ranging from weddings and birthday parties in peoples' backyards, to large corporate events with Microsoft and fancy auction events. I've also had the opportunity to record with some high profile clients through Blue Thunder, and I have been loving every minute of it.
Taught technique and overall approach to marching multi-tenor drums. We learned a new show for every home football game, so reading music was a must, and I would aid students in becoming more comfortable with the music for every show, as well as teaching them correct marching technique and drill movements.
· Drum · In studio
The lessons are structured, but Aaron is able to adapt them to my needs and interests on the fly. Each week I leave with something new to work on. He’s been flexible with scheduling and has been a huge help in making sure I have the equipment needed to practice at home. Also, he’s just really interesting to talk to as he knows a lot about different marching bands and drumlines . His passion for music is expressed through his instructing, and makes for a very positive learning environment.
I’ve had five lessons so far and plan to continue working with Aaron to hone in on my snare technique. I highly recommend him as an instructor!