David Aarons is a Jamaican pannist and doctoral candidate in ethnomusicology at the University of Washington. Mr Aarons has worked with a number of bands in Jamaica as a tuner. While at Northern Illinois University (NIU), he was named a joint winner in the NIU Concerto Competition in 2010 for his performance of Liam Teague’s “A Visit to Hell.”
Aarons has performed with a number of steelbands in the United States, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago. His research interests include the music of diasporic communities and return movements (specifically repatriated Rastafari in Ethiopia), as well as religious, community, and popular music in the Caribbean.