Aaron’s Bio

J. Aaron Stanley, trumpeter & composer

J. Aaron Stanley, trumpeter & composer

J. Aaron Stanley is a trumpet player, composer, songwriter, orchestrator, and arranger based in Los Angeles, CA.


As a trumpet player, he received his B.M. degree in Trumpet Performance in 1998 from Missouri State University, having studied with Dr. Grant Peters. He has attended masterclasses with Clark Terry, Phil Smith, Jens Lindemann, and James Ackley… and has studied privately with Jim Ready (principal trumpet, OFUNAM, Mexico City) and Clint “Pops” McLaughlin.

He has performed with orchestras such as the Golden State Pops Orchestra, Beach Cities Symphony, Orange County Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica de Yucatán, and with brass ensembles such as the Emerald Street Brass Quintet and the L.A. Metropolitan Brass Band. He has also performed in the show band aboard the Carnival Dream.

Aaron plays a variety of diverse styles such as jazz, blues, funk, rock, and even various Latin styles such as cumbia, sonora, salsa, merengue, etc., which he picked up during a year-and-eight-month stint freelancing in Monterrey, Mexico.

He is skilled not only in classical “legit” playing, but in improvisation and commercial styles as well.


After completing his B.M. in performance, Aaron continued his studies at the graduate level, studying composition with Dr. John Prescott & Dr. Michael F. Murray. He has also studied with Dr. Carolyn Bremer. In addition, he studied orchestration with Scott Smalley, orchestrator for legendary film composers such as Danny Elfman, Basil Polidouros, Alan Silvestri, David Newman, and others.

As a composer, he has composed and arranged music for many different types of ensembles, including chamber ensembles, choir, brass band, concert band, jazz band, and full symphony orchestra. He has also written a number of songs and short film scores.

A few highlights include…

  • In 2011, he was accepted into the West Village Musical Theater Festival.
  • His arrangement of “Carol of the Bells” won “Best Arrangement” in the 2005 Northop International Brass Band Composition Contest
  • “Heroes & Villains” for Wind Ensemble won first place in the 2010 Penfield Music Commission Project Composition Contest

After a two-year adventure abroad (in Mexico and the Caribbean), Aaron now lives and works once again in the Los Angeles area.