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Euphonium Player of the Year

Aaron VanderWeele currently serves on the faculties of Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University – The State University of New Jersey, and New Jersey City University’s Department of Music, Dance and Theater.

He was named 2007 International Euphonium Player of the Year – only the third American to receive that prestigious recognition.

Mr. VanderWeele is a Besson Euphonium Artist for Buffet Crampon USA. He plays exclusively on the Besson Prestige 2052 Euphonium. 

He has performed as a featured soloist at the U.S. Army Band Tuba Euphonium Workshop and many Northeast Regional Tuba Euphonium Conferences. Mr. VanderWeele was principal euphonium and soloist of the Princeton Brass Band when the band won the 2013 North American Brass Band Championship.


From 1993 to 2009, Mr. VanderWeele was the Euphonium Soloist of the New York Staff Band (NYSB). He was re-appointed to the NYSB Fall 2015. He has performed at Carnegie Hall with Elton John and Lincoln Center with the Canadian Brass & Principal Brass of the New York Philharmonic. He has also performed with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the West Point Band. Solo performances include Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Philips Arena, and Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium. 


His extensive discography includes solo performances on twenty-three professional recordings and four solo recordings. His latest recording, Panache received high praise from The Brass Herald Magazine:

“The complete mastery of the euphonium that Aaron VanderWeele displays throughout this recording means that the listener is able to forget about technique and all such physical matters—one can just sit back and listen to the sheer music being performed.” – Philip Biggs, Editor


His students have distinguished themselves by winning euphonium scholarships to attend the University of North Texas (Brian L. Bowman Euphonium Studio), University of Georgia, Eastman School of Music, The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Interlochen Arts Academy.


Aaron is a man of faith and family who is passionate about encouraging others to develop their God-given ability. He lives in New Jersey and has two sons.


Visit the Recordings page to hear euphonium virtuoso Aaron VanderWeele perform a variety of music