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Aaron Ragsdale

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Title Associate Professor
Office Building Lincoln Music Hall
Room Number 209
Mailing Address South Dakota State University
SLM 209, Box 2212
Brookings, SD 57007

Dr. Aaron Ragsdale teaches applied percussion, and conducts the SDSU Percussion Ensemble and “Pride of the Dakotas” Drum Line. A native of Fayetteville, Arkansas, he holds a D.M.A. in Percussion Performance from Rutgers University, the M.M. from the University of Arkansas, and the B.M.E. from the University of Oklahoma. Aaron is an active performer and has been responsible for the commission and premiere of several works for percussion.

Academic Interests/Expertise

Contemporary Music, especially as it applies to the percussion idiom

Academic Responsibilities

Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band, Pride of the Dakotas DrumLine, SDSU Percussion Ensemble, Applied Percussion, Percussion Pedagogy

Work Experience

Percussive Arts Society, National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy, College Music Society

Specialty Area

  • Instrumental - Percussion


D.M.A, Rutgers University, 2007
M.M., The University of Arkansas, 2003
B.M.E., The University of Oklahoma, 2001