Aaron Lehde is Director of Bands and District Music Facilitator for the Ladue School District, where he has taught since 2002. His duties include conducting the Symphonic, Concert, and Jazz Bands at Ladue Horton Watkins High School along with the Seventh and Eighth Grade Concert and Jazz Bands at Ladue Middle School. The Ladue Symphonic Band has performed at the MMEA conference in 2019, 2013, 2007, and 2003.
Lehde earned his B.M. Music Education and Jazz Performance, (2000) and M.M. Jazz Performance, (2010) from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He has served the St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Association as President (2016-2018), High School Jazz VP (2010-2014) and Middle School Jazz VP (2004-2008). He currently serves as High School Band VP (2020-present). Lehde has directed ILMEA District 6 Jazz Bands in 2011, 2013, and 2015, and has been a Teaching Artist for Jazz St. Louis’ Jazz U program since 2008.
His performances on saxophones and other woodwinds with numerous artists include the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the MUNY Orchestra, Frankie Valli, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Manhattan Transfer,
Maynard Ferguson, Byron Stripling, Wayne Newton, Bernadette Peters, Johnny Mathis, Idina Menzel, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Jay Leno, Marty Allen, Bob Newhart, and “Weird Al”Yankovic. His touring and performance experience has brought him to 47 states and 27 countries worldwide.
Lehde is a member of NAfME, MMEA, MBA, Phi Beta Mu, and the AF of M, Local 2-197.