Aaron Vandermeer is the director of Jazz Studies and Music Business at the University of North Carolina, Pembroke. His classroom responsibilities include Jazz Composition, Jazz Pedagogy, Improvisation I & II, and Jazz Appreciation. He also teaches Private Improvisation and Private Trumpet. Ensembles under his direction include the University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo.
Mr. Vandermeer is a Doctoral Candidate in Brass Literature and Pedagogy at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, where he also received his Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies. His doctoral minors are in Jazz and Music Theory. He has also received degrees from Kutztown University (BA - Music), and Moorhead State University (BA - Biology; Chemistry minor). While at Indiana University, Mr. Vandermeer taught as an Associate Instructor to David Baker in the Jazz Department for four years. In addition to his six years of study with David Baker, he was also a student of Pat Harbison and Steve Houghton in the jazz department. His primary trumpet teachers have included John Rommel, William Adam, Joey Tartell, Dominic Spera and Kevin Kjos.
An active scholar, specializing in the area of New Orleans Brass Band music, his current projects in progress include a documentary entitled "The Effects of Hurricane Katrina on the Brass Bands of New Orleans," and a transcription, analysis, and biographical research project on the great New Orleans trumpeter Leroy Jones.
Mr. Vandermeer brings a diverse performing experience to UNCP in the areas of jazz, funk, musical theater, R&B, and classical music. Notable groups he has performed with include the David Baker Big Band, The Impalas, The Mustard Cats, The Dorsey Brothers Big Band,Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, The Dynamics, Goza, and Mojai, to name a few. He was also the featured cell phone soloist for David Baker's Concertino for Cell Phones and Orchestra, which he performed at Orchestral Hall in Chicago, Dvorak Hall in Prague, and Columbia, MO. He has previously taught Jazz and Applied Trumpet at Albright College in Reading, PA.
Originally from northwestern Minnesota, he is an avid Twins and Vikings fan. He also enjoys playing softball, golf, racquetball, ultimate frisbee, card games, and nearly every board game ever invented with the exception of Pictionary.