Brass Instructor, The Cadets
BA - Ithaca College
MA - University of Colorado
Aaron Vogel is the Director of Bands at Westwood High School in Mesa, AZ and the Music Director for the Phoenix Youth Symphony Chamber Winds and Symphonic Winds.
Mr. Vogel has previously served on the brass staff for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps, and on the instructional staff and as brass caption head for the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps. He also served as the conductor and music director for the Blue Knights' performance at the 2014 Toayuan International Band Festival in Toayuan, Taiwan. As a performer, Aaron was an original cast member in the Tony and Emmy award-winning production of Blast! in London's West End and a marching member of the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps.
Before relocating to Phoenix, Aaron taught in public schools in Colorado at Fossil Ridge and Loveland High Schools; and in North Carolina at Southeast Guilford Middle School. While at Fossil Ridge, the band program was selected to receive the "National Programs of Excellence Blue Ribbon Award" from the National Band Association. The Wind Symphony performed on the National stage as a Featured Ensemble at the 2012 Music for All National Concert Band Festival and was an Honor Performing Ensemble at the 2012 Colorado Music Educators Conference. While at Loveland High School, the wind symphony performed at the 2010 Western International Band Clinic and at the 2011 Colorado Music Educators Conference.
Aaron's marching ensembles have consistently been ranked among the best in their class at State and National competitions. The Westwood Marching Band was selected as a "top ten" finalist and performed at the 2015 Arizona State Marching Band Championships. In addition, the Westwood Marching Band concluded their 2015 season with the highest placement in school history. While in Colorado, Aaron's marching ensembles earned eight consecutive trips as Finalists to the Colorado State Marching Band Competition, including being named the 2012 and 2013 Class 5A State Champions with the Loveland High School "Crimson Regiment." In addition, the Crimson Regiment finished in 2nd place in class 2A at the 2008 Bands of America San Antonio Super Regional.
Aaron received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education fro Ithaca College and a Masters in Music Education and Wind Conducting from the University of Colorado at Boulder where he studied with Allan McMurray and was a Graduate Teaching Assistant.
Aaron lives in Phoenix with his wife Becky and is a native of Cherry Hill, New Jersey.