"From junior high school onwards I was involved with music all the time: big band, and classical percussion as well. And then I went to High School it was the Arts Magnet High School, a performing arts high school! A lot of terrific musicians have come out from there: Roy Hargrove, Norah Jones, Erykah Badu. I was studying small group, big band, music theory, symphony orchestra - half the day I was doing that, and the other half I was jamming with my friends and all the weekend too. That kind of variety and versatility really helps you as a player."After Aaron Comess graduated, he studied at Berklee for a year with Tommy Campbell, then moved back to Texas and just played every gig under the sun for a year jazz, orchestral, blues bands, rock bands, wedding gigs, everything. Next he moved to New York and attended The New School, following workshops with jazz masters like Jimmy Cobb, Jim Hall, and Reggie Workman. He also studied privately with Bernard Purdie. Around the same time he formed a band called The Spin Doctors.