Aaron Locklear
Front Ensemble Instructor, The Cadets

Aaron is a percussionist, educator and composer based in Rochester, NY. He performs orchestrally with groups such as the Syracuse Symphoria, Skaneateles Festival Orchestra, and Bemus Bay Pops, as well as in the chamber setting with his duo partner, Kyle Peters. Aaron has been a featured artist at the Great Plains International Marimba Competition in Oklahoma City, OK, as well as the Forefront Arts Festival in Rochester.

Other endeavors include performing with the inaugural All-Star Percussion Ensemble at the 2015 Percussive Arts Society International Convention, as well as performing alongside the Eastman Percussion Ensemble as soloist for the world premiere of 'of Melody & Pulse' from Alejandro Viano's 'Estudios de Frontera.' His marching arts experience includes three tours with the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps as a member of the front ensemble ('11-'13).

Aaron received his Master's Degree and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and his Bachelor's Degree from Auburn University. His primary teachers include Michael Burritt, Chip Ross, Doug Rosener, Jim Ross, Mark Yanchich, and Jeff Grant. He also serves alongside his wife, Brenna, as worship pastors in Epic Church in Rochester.

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