Proudly born and raised in Kingsport, TN, Aaron Stickley is excited to continue teaching and advocating for music education as well as the marching arts as he enters his 9th year in the band hall.
Aaron Stickley is currently the Assistant Director of Bands at The Woodlands High School as he enters his ninth year in the band hall. His responsibilities include conducting The Woodlands Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band, team teaching the marching band, and assisting with the cluster junior high/middle schools. Stickley graduated Magna Cum Laude from Middle Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education.
The Woodlands High School Marching Band was named the 2022 Bands of America North Houston Regional Champion as well as the silver medalist at the 2022 Bands of America San Antonio Super Regional. At the 2022 UIL State Marching Contest Finals, The Woodlands received 4th place. The 2023 Symphonic Winds was named a commended winner of The Foundation for Music Education Citation of Excellence. Before his time at The Woodlands High School, Mr. Stickley held band director positions at Dickinson High School (TX), Lamar High School (TX), and Paragould High School (AR). During his time at Paragould, the band program received the 2016 Arkansas Class AAAA State Marching Championship, the 2017 All-State Honor Band, and the 2017 National Band Association Blue Ribbon Award presented at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.
Mr. Stickley’s drum corps experience includes performing with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps (2012) and Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps (2014) on lead baritone and trumpet. He is currently on the Santa Clara Vanguard (2023) brass staff. Before his time at Vanguard, Mr. Stickley worked on the brass staff for Genesis (2019) and the Madison Scouts (2022 and 2023)
Mr. Stickley is an active visual designer/choreographer and has designed for band programs in Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan, South Carolina, and Texas. His professional affiliations include the Texas Bandmasters Association and the Texas Music Educators Association. He currently resides in The Woodlands, TX with his two cats, Aria and Hazel.