Aaron Scoones

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Aaron Scoone’s interest in music began at an early on. His parents recall him mindfully combining notes one at a time on the family piano at age four. His mother had been a professional folk musician in her teenage years and would often play her old Gibson jumbo acoustic around the house. His dad would often play Bach preludes or boogie-woogie on the piano. At age seven, upon listening to a family friend play and sing Paul McCartney’s Blackbird, Aaron’s desire to play music of all kinds was cemented.

Learning melodies by ear from his parent’s records on the piano, solving the mystery of each passage like a puzzle was an almost inexhaustible source of enjoyment. After a short time learning music fundamentals at the Victoria Conservatory, it was soon realized by his parents and his teacher that he was using his ear to circumvent his sight-reading exercises. He found sight reading to be arduous and stressful while listening and repeating was enjoyable and calming.

Upon switching to a piano teacher that focused on a jazz curriculum connected some of the dots his his parent’s music collection he was enjoying at home; Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Scott Joplin, Bach, Beethoven, The Beatles, and contemporary composer Dave Grusin. But sight-reading two-handed piano music was seemingly insurmountable at the time and Aaron soon reverted back to using his ear.

Elementary and middle school music programs allowed Aaron to gain experience on a variety of woodwind and percussion instruments. During this time, he also started to pick up the guitar and electric bass and reluctantly, singing.

After a move to a new school in 10th grade Aaron discovered that other males his age were singing in the jazz and concert choir. He was encouraged by his music teacher to try out for the groups as male singers were desperately needed. He was accepted and it wasn’t long before vocal harmony became his main passion. Exposure through these ensembles to a Capella groups Take Six, The Real Group, The New York Voices, Manhattan Transfer, and Bobby McFerrin, were so inspirational that Aaron began to transcribe and arrange charts for his senior high vocal jazz group.

“I remember going down to Hermann’s Jazz club with giant sheets of staff paper, listening to the trio’s and quartets that were playing, and quietly copying out scores. It was a great place to work!”

His arrangement for Lambert, Hendricks & Ross tune Centerpiece would be performed by his high school vocal jazz group and resulted in Aaron being awarded a scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music summer program. Aaron’s grandfather generously arranged a series of lessons with one of Victoria’s musical treasures, Louise Rose. Aaron attended in the summer of 2000 and was subsequently awarded a second scholarship to attend full time in the fall.

During that year of study Aaron discovered a passion for engineering and production and once school ended for the year he would move to Montreal to tour with legendary Canadian rock band, Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush, as their monitor and recording tech, and eventually as their front-of-house engineer, with stops at Chicago’s House of Blues and Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London.

Upon returning home in 2002, Aaron took a long break from playing music, concentration on recording, production and live sound until finally the bug hit once again in 2007 upon joining several R&B/ Soul groups in Victoria and eventually the long-running show band, The Timebenders, a band that Aaron now fronts. Before long he soon found himself as being an in-demand bass player and session musician.

In 2013 an opportunity came to teach at Victoria’s Larsen School of Music until it’s closing in August of 2016. Starting out with only several vocal students, Aaron soon discovered his passion for teaching a wide variety of styles and instruments, including drums, piano, guitar, bass, ukulele and theory. Aaron focuses on each student’s strengths and employs a holistic approach to furthering their skill level, expanding harmonic and rhythmic awareness and overall enjoyment of music.