Aaron Graham

Percussionist / Educator / Composer

Aaron Graham is an award-winning percussionist, composer, and educator residing in Vancouver, BC. He is currently a Doctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts, and serves as Visiting Instructor of Percussion at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Langley, BC. 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, Vancouver Island and Metropolitan Symphony Orchestras, Duo 1010 Collective, Orchestra Enigmatic, The Plastic Acid Orchestra, The Sound/Vision Chamber Ensemble, NuBc Collective, Paragon Musical Theatre Co, for which he served as principal percussionist, and alongside Shooter Jennings, and Rachel Brooke. As a touring musician, Aaron has travelled 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, Boomslang, College Band Directors National Conference, Vancouver New Music, West Coast Composers Symposium, Moonrunners, Outlaw Showdown, and has been chosen as one of two featured artists at the 2019 Sonic Boom Festival in Vancouver. Aaron has recordings on Centredisc, Black Country Rock, Long Island Recordings, Sneak Attack, and Wartime Studios record labels. 

As an emerging composer, Aaron’s works have been performed across North America by professional and university ensembles including The Piano And Erhu Project, Percussionisms, The Sound/Vision Ensemble, Azura Saxophone Quartet, and by performers at the Aries Composers Festival, West Coast Composers Symposium, and at The Kitchen in New York City as part of the 2018 MATA Festival. 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.

An active educator, his teachings and reviews have been published in Percussive Notes magazine, The Instrumentalist, The International Journal Of Music And Performing Arts, and presented at the National Conference On Percussion Pedagogy, the British Columbia Music Educators Conference, and the 2018 New Music Gathering. Aaron is a member of the Black Swamp Percussion Educator's Network, The Percussive Arts Society, and serves on The PAS Scholarly Research Committee. He has received degrees from The University Of Kentucky and The University Of British Columbia, and resides in Vancouver, BC with his wife, Kelly.