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Aaron Colburn

Aaron C.

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Hello! My name is Aaron and I have been playing drums since 2001. 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 marching tenors while at Washington State University, and was on the Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline from 2014-2018. I was the tenor section leader at WSU for three years, and also for Blue Thunder for two years. 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. I've helped many people who don't have any musical background learn basic drumset concepts, and I've taught several people formal drumset and marching percussion lessons.

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Erin Dec 6, 2015
Drum · In studio

Aaron is a fantastic instructor. An experienced tenor player, he is extremely knowledgeable in marching technique. I’m learning a great deal goes into technique, and Aaron breaks it down in a way that’s easily understood. He’s very attentive to my technique when I’m playing, and can easily identify what I’m doing well and what areas need more work.

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!

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Lesson Details

Drum

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate

We will work on everything from basics such as hand technique and understanding music notation, to more complex rhythms and beats as you advance. With my background in rudimental marching, I firmly believe that knowing and understanding rudiments is crucial to becoming more comfortable around the drumset.

Our first lesson will be a check up to see where you are with reading music, knowing the parts of a drumset, and any previous experience you've had with drumming. This will give me a good understanding of what we need to do to get you where you want to be as a musician and drummer.

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Experience

Tenors
Apr 2014 - Jan 2018

Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline

This was an amazing opportunity. We only rehearsed once a week and had quite a large repertoire of music, so practicing on your own was 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 played 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 loved every minute of it.

Section Leader
Aug 2010 - Dec 2012

Washington State University

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.


Education

Graphic Design and Typography
Oct 2013 - Apr 2014

School of Visual Concepts

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Technology & Culture
Aug 2007 - Dec 2012

Washington State University


Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency


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