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Aaron Guidry

http://www.yataforluda.com
Cirque du Soleil's Mystère Las Vegas
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Aaron Guidry is currently the Percussionist and Taiko Soloist with Cirque du Soleil's "Mystère" in Las Vegas. Additionally, he serves as Taiko Coach, back-up Drum Set Chair, and Assistant Musical Director. Prior to performing with Cirque du Soleil, Aaron was Percussionist/Snare Drum Soloist with the U.S. Touring Cast of "Blast." He also spent several years teaching as Percussion Specialist in the North East Independent School District, San Antonio, Texas, where he initiated a curriculum of World Percussion, including Brazilian drumming, steel drumming, taiko drumming, and African drumming and dance.

Aaron arranges the wind books and consults for many high school marching bands throughout the United States, including Ronald Reagan High School, San Antonio, TX (2005 Bands of America Grand Nationals Semi-Finals Champion) and Broken Arrow Senior High School, Broken Arrow, OK (2006 Bands of America Grand Nationals Finals Champion). He recently assumed the role of music arranger for the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps. His original compositions are self-published through Yata for Luda (www.yataforluda.com).

Aaron holds a B.M.E. from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and a M.M. from West Virginia University. He has twice traveled to Ghana, West Africa, to study traditional African music and dance, and, in 2002, he performed with the African drum and dance ensemble, "Azaguno," at the World Cup in Seoul, South Korea. Aaron’s articles have been published in journals such as Percussive Notes.