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Featured Composer: Aaron Perrine



Born in McGregor, Minnesota, Aaron Perrine earned his Bachelor’s Degree in trombone performance and music education with high distinction from the University of Minnesota, Morris, in 2002. While an undergraduate, he received the Edna Murphy Morrison Award, Daisy Hansen Award, Chancellor’s Award, and multiple awards in composition from the Minnesota Music Educators Association.


After his time in Morris, Aaron moved to Minneapolis and began working on his master’s degree. While at the University of Minnesota, Aaron studied composition with Judith Zaimont and jazz arranging with Dean Sorenson. He completed his master’s degree in 2006, and is now pursuing his Ph.D. in composition from The University of Iowa, studying with David Gompper and Lawrence Fritts.


Aaron has been commissioned and recorded by various colleges, high schools and middle schools across the country. One of his compositions, April, was a finalist in the first Frank Ticheli Composition Contest. This piece was also a JW Pepper “Editors’ Choice” and was a featured composition in Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, Volume 7. His compositions for band can be found at C. Alan Publications. For more information, please visit his website at

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This article was written on 27 Jun 2015, and is filled under Featured Composers.