Aaron W. Bush, Summer Music Festival Jazz Ensemble Conductor
Aaron W. Bush has been the Director of Middle School Bands in the Needham Public Schools since 2008. As a teacher and conductor, Aaron directs the 7th Grade Concert Band, 8th Grade Concert Band, Middle School Jazz Ensemble and Middle School Wind Ensemble. Under his direction, the performing ensembles in Needham have consistently received state, regional, and national recognition at adjudicated events and festivals. The Needham Middle School ensembles has regularly performed at Boston Symphony Hall as gold-medal recipients in the annual MICCA Music Festival. In 2010 and 2011, the Middle School Jazz Ensemble and Wind Ensemble were invited to perform as a featured concert-hour ensembles at the annual MMEA/NafME all-state music festival. In spring of 2015, the Wind Ensemble was chosen to perform as a featured concert hour ensemble at the national Eastern Division Conference in Providence, RI. In 2010, the Needham Middle School Jazz Ensemble opened for Tiger Okoshi's Super Groove Quintet in the New England Highland Jazz Festival. Under his direction, the music program in Needham has hosted professional world-class artists, conductors, and composers-in-residency such as Tiger Okoshi, Jeff Galindo, Rick Peckham, Greg Abate, John Baboin, David Burdett, Kurt Bacher, New York-based recording artists “iiii”, George Murphy, Tucker Antell, and Douglas Olsen.
As a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor, Mr. Bush has worked with numerous groups across the greater New England area. In 2013, he directed the Northeastern Jr. District Jazz Ensemble. In 2016, he directed the Vermont District 5 Jr. Jazz Ensemble. In addition to his work in Needham, Aaron is the director of the South Shore Conservatory’s Summer Music Festival Jazz Ensemble in Hingham, MA, the conductor of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble, and serves as a faculty member of the Foxboro Jazz Improvisation Summer Program.
Aaron is a member of the MICCA Executive Board, serving as the Gold Medal Showcase Chair and an active member of the MMEA Eastern District. Aaron received his bachelor's degree in Music Education/Saxophone Performance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and his Masters in Music Education from the Boston Conservatory. He has studied with Lynn E. Klock, Malcolm W. Rowell, jr., Daniel Lasdow, George Murphy, Ted Hagarty, and Stephen C. Massey.