Aaron Hines, Percussion
Aaron Hines (ASCAP) is originally from the Sacramento area where his dedication to the percussion arts began as a member of the award winning Sacramento High School percussion ensemble. After developing his skills throughout high school, Aaron became an important part of the California State University, Sacramento Winter Percussion Ensemble from 1997-2001.
For over 15 years Aaron has taught, arranged and designed for numerous schools, ranging from the middle school to collegiate level while keeping an active clinician and adjudication schedule. Over 30 of Aaron’s ensembles have earned circuit and state titles as well as Medals, Fans’ Favorite Awards, and Finalist appearances at the WGI World Championships. In addition, Aaron arranges and composes custom works independently for schools across the country and has music published through Gary P. Gilroy Publications (Best-Sellers 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015), Dave Glyde Show Designs, Key Poulan Music, Creative Solutions, Jair Klarfeld Music, & JW Pepper. He is also an active member of the Percussive Arts Society. In 2011 Aaron was a Twenty Under 40 Award winner for his work in the Northern Nevada Region with a non-profit he cofounded, eNVision Performing Arts.
Currently Aaron is the Northern Nevada Indoor Association (NNIA) founder and coordinator and has been a percussion arranger and consultant for the University of Nevada, Reno since 2005. He is also an Endorsed Artist with Evans Drumheads, Innovative Percussion Sticks/Mallets, Sabian Cymbals & the Yamaha Corporation.
Blair Williams, Percussion Assistant
Blair Williams started his musical training early, beginning with the Clarinet in 6th grade. He joined drumline in middle school, playing snare drum and tenor drums, and has been involved in the activity ever since.
Blair is currently a Graduate Assistant with the University of Nevada Wolf Pack Marching Band, and working toward a Master of Music Degree in Music Education. He graduated from California State University Stanislaus in 2007 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education.
As a performer, Blair was a member of the Sacramento Freelancers Winter Percussion Ensemble from 1998-2002, and 2004, as a bass drummer for two years, and a snare drummer for the remaining four. He was a member of the Sacramento Mandarins snare line during the 2000 and 2001 seasons, winning the DCI Division II title in 2001.
Blair then joined the Concord Blue Devils snare line for the 2002 and 2003 seasons, where he placed fourth in the snare drum individual competition, and helped the corps to win its 11th DCI World Championship. He was also part of the select 50-member Blue Devil cast that traveled to Okayama, Japan in 2003 for the Marching in Okayama festival.
Blair is also experienced as an educator, having held the position of Director of Bands at Lodi High School from 2009-2011, and the Band Director position at Beyer High School in Modesto for the 2008-2009 school year. Blair has been a member of the Mandarins percussion staff since 2004, holding the position of percussion caption head in 2009, and battery coordinator in 2011. He was the co-caption head of percussion for the Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corps in 2010.
In addition, Blair has taught numerous percussion lines in Northern California and the Central Valley as a battery tech, pit tech, arranger, and caption head. Blair’s studies include work with many great educators such as Arthur Coleman Jr, Lynn Kulikowski, Brian Kendrick, John Nordgren, Stuart Sims, Allen Brown, Miles DaPrato, Chris DaPrato, Les Wong, Brian Aguilar, Kevin Goings, Eric Melson, Don Silva, Roger Carter, Scott Johnson, Sean Vega, Micah Brusse, and Daniel Bryan. Blair is a member of the Vic Firth Education Team and proudly endorses Vic Firth drumsticks and Remo drumheads.