Aden Brooks is a New York City-based musician and educator. He received his Masters Degree in trombone performance at Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelors Degree in trombone performance from the Eastman School of Music. Aden performs regularly with various chamber orchestras, ensembles and opera companies in the NYC-area, as well as his hometown band, Stockade Kids. He received the John Clark Music Award for excellence in brass performance upon graduating MSM, and received a Performer’s Certificate for outstanding performance from ESM.
As an educator, Aden currently serves as the Program Director for the Empire State Youth Orchestra’s Winds and Brass Program in Upstate New York in addition to NYCGS and its On-Site program. He spent a summer working as the Head Brass Counselor at NYSSSA’s School of Orchestral Studies, where he coached brass ensembles and taught ear-training.
In addition to trombone, Aden studied voice at Eastman and was an active member and President of the University of Rochester YellowJackets, the university’s premier all-male a cappella group. The YJs developed an outreach program at Rochester’s School 58 during his tenure in the group, and led countless workshops in the greater Rochester area, the US, and abroad. Aden travelled to Kenya with the group for a cultural and musical exchange with a children’s choir and local musicians, and appeared on season three of NBC’s The Sing-Off.
Aden has continued to play guitar since first picking it up in middle school, and is excited to be joining the NYC Guitar School team and their On-SIte staff.
Fun fact--In the summers, Aden takes to the seas and works aboard the historic sailing vessel, Ventura, as a First Mate located in Battery City.