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Aaron Staebell

Aaron Staebell hails from the frozen community of Buffalo, NY and now lives in the slightly warmer metropolis of Rochester, NY. Holding two undergraduate degrees (Jazz Drumset and Music Education) and a Master's Degree (Jazz Drumset) from the Eastman School of Music, Staebell is an in- demand drummer and percussionist, clinician and composer both locally and nationwide.. As a composer, Aaron is gaining a reputation as a fresh voice in the musical landscape. He has written for jazz ensemble, solo voice, concert band, marching band, various percussion solo and ensemble settings, and his own smaller jazz groups. His compositions blend a wide variety of influences, from classical to jazz, along with modern pop and contemporary music as well. His pieces have been performed as far away as Seattle, Washington, and have been a part of a variety of different concert and recital programs. His most recent work, “If We Dont Change The Direction We’re Headed, We’ll End Up Where We’re Going”, was premiered by a consortium of high school students this past November, on a concert of premieres, both local and worldwide. He spent 6 months as the composer-in-residence at Fairport High School, in Fairport, NY, in the spring of 2006. He leads many of his own groups, which often play his original compositions and arrangements. His writing and playing can be heard on his large work, “Visit: A Song Cycle for Two Ensembles”

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“…energized and eclectic and a weirdo you don’t want to miss.” -“What’s On” section of the Toronto Star, April 24, 2008

“Garnering acclaim as a fresh new NY Voice as a composer, (Staebell’s) dynamic and energized style of playing never fails to captivate ears interested in innovation and risk-taking.” -from

“Young, talented musicians with potential…they all appear to be pretty committed toward this approach.” -Garaud MacTaggart, Contributing Reviewer, Buffalo News, 3/17/08

Named as one of the “Individual players who knocked me out” at the 2009 Rochester International Jazz Festival by Saby Reyes- Kulkarni of Rochester's CITY Paper

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Beginner to advanced


Master of Music, Jazz and Contemporary Media-Eastman School of Music Bachelor of Music, Music Education-Eastman School of Music Bachelor of Music, Jazz and Contemporary Media-Eastman School of Music Private Drum Studio for 7 years, currently 15 students. Students have gone on to music departments at Eastman School of Music, SUNY Fredonia, University of Buffalo, Berklee School of Music and Carnegie Melon. Call or email for availability. Rates can be discussed over the phone or via email.

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Bending & Breaking

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Nathaniel Hill

From: Bending and Breaking
By Aaron Staebell


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