Aric Schneller, an artist of many talents, is in constant demand regionally and nationally as an expert clinician, dynamic soloist and conductor. Aric has had frequent invitations and appearances at the Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association Conventions, Jazz Educators Network International Convention, American Band College Convention, and most notably at the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Convention. As a committed and enthusiastic jazz educator, Aric has served as President and is currently on the Board of Directors for The Texas Jazz Educators Association. An Associate Professor of Music, Aric directs the Jazz Studies program at Sam Houston State University and is the founder and Artistic Director of the annual SHSU Bill Watrous Jazz Festival. Aric previously taught at Idaho State University, the University of North Texas, and in the public schools of Justin, Texas.
Aric is a former member of the Grammy Nominated UNT One O’Clock Lab Band, and Jazz Singers. Aric has worked and performed with Bobby Shew, Bob Mintzer, Arturo Sandoval, Phil Woods, Danilo Pérez, Randy Brecker, John Fedchock, Andy Firth, Ingrid Jensen, Diane Reeves, Lynn Seaton, Ed Soph, Allen Vizzutti, and Bill Watrous amongst many others.
Originally from Missoula, MT, Aric holds a DMA in Trombone Performance from the University of North Texas, a MM in Voice and Operatic Performance from Boston University, a MM in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas, and a BM in Trombone Performance from the University of Montana. Aric is a Yamaha Performing Artist, a member of ASCAP, and a voting member of the NARAS Grammy Awards.