Conductor, Wind Orchestra/Chamber Winds
Aaron Vogel is the Music Director for the Phoenix Youth Symphony’s Chamber Winds and Wind Orchestra. He is also the Director of Bands at Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, AZ.
Before moving to Mountain Ridge, Mr. Vogel was the Director of Bands at Westwood High School in Mesa (AZ) and previously taught in public schools in Colorado and North Carolina. Concert ensembles under his direction have received multiple accolades for excellence in performance including consistent “Superior” and “Superior with Distinction” honors at Area and State Festivals, receiving the “National Programs of Excellence Blue Ribbon Award” from the National Band Association in 2014, performing on the National stage as a Featured Ensemble at the 2012 Music for All National Concert Band Festival and the 2010 Western International Band Clinic, and performing at the Colorado Music Educators Conference as an Honor Performing Ensemble in 2012 and 2011.
Mr. Vogel has also served as a music instructor for the 10-time DCI World Champion The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, seven-time DCI World Champion, The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps and on the instructional staff, and as brass caption head, for the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps. He was also the conductor and music director for the Blue Knights’ performance at the 2014 Toayuan International Band Festival in Toayuan, Taiwan. 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 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 daughter Abigail. He is a native of Cherry Hill, New Jersey.