Aaron Vogel – Director of Bands

Aaron Vogel is currently in his eighteenth year of teaching and serves as the the Director of Bands at Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, Arizona and as Music Director for the Phoenix Youth Symphony Chamber Winds and Symphonic Winds. Prior to his appointment at Mountain Ridge, Mr. Vogel was the Director of Bands at Westwood High School in Mesa, Arizona, and taught in public schools in Colorado and North Carolina at Fossil Ridge High School, Loveland High School and Southeast Guilford Middle School.

Recent honors include the Mountain Ridge Wind Ensemble performance as a Featured Ensemble at the 2019 Music for All National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana and the Mountain Ridge Bands receiving the Arizona Band and Orchestra Director’s “William E. Richardson Program of Distinction Award” recognizing superior achievement in all areas of the program. The Mountain Ridge “Pride of the West” Marching Band currently includes nearly 200 students and is a consistent Finalist at the Arizona State Marching Band Championships where they concluded the 2018 season as the Division 1 Bronze Medalist.

Ensembles under his direction have received multiple accolades for excellence in performance including consistent Superior and Superior with Distinction ratings at Area and State Festivals, the “National Programs of Excellence Blue Ribbon Award” from the National Band Association, and featured performances at the Music for All National Concert Band Festival (twice), the Toayuan, Taiwan International Band Festival, the Colorado Music Educators Conference (twice) and the Western International Band Clinic.

Mr. Vogel has been actively involved in the state and national levels of the Marching activity and currently serves as a Board Member and Judge Coordinator for the Arizona Marching Band Association and as an Educational Consultant for the Battalion Drum and Bugle Corps from Salt Lake City, Utah. He has also served on the instructional staff for The Cadets, The Cavaliers and the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps. As a performer, Mr. Vogel 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 and Bugle Corps.

Mr. Vogel received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education magna cum laude from Ithaca College, and a Masters in Music Education and Wind Conducting from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he studied conducting with Allan McMurray and was a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Mr. Vogel lives in Phoenix with his wife Becky and two year old daughter Abigail. He is a native of Cherry Hill, New Jersey.