From a young age, Aaron Rader has enjoyed a life-long pursuit of performing music. His musical training began on piano at age 9, and he chose trombone for middle and high school band. At age 15, Aaron decided to try electric bass, an instrument that would follow him through the years. Although he played trombone in school, he found opportunities to play electric bass in local jazz ensembles and church worship bands during his teenaged years.
As a bassist, Aaron considers his greatest influence to be Nathan East, the renowned LA studio bassist for artists such as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Eric Clapton. In fact, he continues to perform on a 5-string Yamaha Nathan East Signature Series.
Since moving to Texas in 2004, he has played both trombone and electric bass in various jazz, country, salsa, and Top 40 bands in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Think Big Party reflects Aaron’s belief that music is meant for entertainment, not narcissism.
Aaron holds a Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) from the University of North Texas, and since 2007, he has been the Associate Professor of Low Brass at Collin College in Plano, TX.