Dr. Aaron Graham is an award-winning percussionist, composer, and educator residing in Vancouver, BC. He recently served as Visiting Instructor of Percussion at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of British Columbia where he is currently a Sessional Lecturer. His extensive and diverse background in the world of percussion has given him the privilege of performing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, Kamloops Symphony, Duo 1010 Collective, Orchestra Enigmatic, The Plastic Acid Orchestra, Paragon Musical Theatre Co, and alongside Shooter Jennings, and Rachel Brooke. As a touring musician, Aaron has traveled across North and South America playing percussion and singing with critically acclaimed group Fifth On The Floor, whose 2013 LP ‘Ashes and Angels’ received worldwide recognition and reached #63 on the ‘Billboard Top 100’ charts. He has performed at numerous festivals including multiple Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, ISCM World Music Days, College Band Directors National Conference, Moonrunners, Outlaw Showdown, and was chosen as a featured artist for the 2019 Sonic Boom Festival alongside Julia Chien, who together form the percussion duo, Infamy Too!.
An active educator, his teachings and reviews have been published in Percussive Notes magazine, The Instrumentalist, Rhythm! Scene, The International Journal Of Music And Performing Arts, and presented at PASIC, the National Conference On Percussion Pedagogy, Canadian Music Society Conference, British Columbia Music Educators Conference, New Music Gathering, and the 2019 Transplanted Roots Percussion Symposium. Aaron is a member of the Black Swamp Percussion Educator’s Network, The Percussive Arts Society, and serves on The PAS Scholarly Research Committee.
As an emerging composer, Aaron’s works have been performed across the world by professional and university ensembles including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Symphony 21, percussionist Cameron Leach, The Piano And Erhu Project, Percussionists, Nu: BC Collective, The Sound/Vision Ensemble, Azura Saxophone Quartet, and by performers at the Aries Composers Festival, West Coast Composers Symposium, Muscan, MATA Festival, TUTTI Festival, Turn Up! Multimedia Festival, and at the 2020 ISCM World Music Days in New Zealand. Aaron won the 2014 PAS International Percussion Composition Contest with his percussion ensemble piece “Sleeping Bear”, and has works published with Tapspace Publications and on his website.