"I guess you could say my life revolves around music. That’s exactly how I like it and wouldn’t change it for anything!

Hello, my name is Aidan Peterson and my dream is to attend the Curtis Institute and become a professional trumpeter. I fell in love with the sound of the trumpet at age three when I heard jazz trumpeter Chris Botti play with the Philadelphia Orchestra. I started formal lessons on trumpet at age five. I studied for five years with Elin Frazier and am currently studying with Paul Futer.

I play frequently at retirement homes, churches, hospitals, and community events. As the youngest live Taps bugler in the country, I regularly play at military funerals and events. I’m also an honorary member of the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery Marine Corp Honor Guard. I’m the driving force behind PA Senate Bill 540, which gives student musicians an excused absence from school to sound Taps.

I regularly play the National Anthem at sporting events. At 7-years-old, I was the youngest anthem performer for the Philadelphia 76ers. You can catch me playing for teams at The Shipley School, St. Joseph’s University, Harcum College, and Eastern University.

When I’m not playing trumpet or bugle, I’m playing the cello. I’ve been a member of my high school orchestra, playing cello, since the third grade. I also play cello bedside for patients at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center as part of their music therapy program. I guess you could say my life revolves around music. That’s exactly how I like it and wouldn’t change it for anything!

Camps & Festivals:

  • Philadelphia International Music Festival (2014-2016)

  • Kinhaven (2017-present)

  • Kimmel Center Jazz Camp (2017)

  • University of the Arts Summer Jazz Institute (2018)

  • Lancaster Avenue Jazz Festival (2016-present)



  • Ictus International Music Competition (Honorable Mention 2018)

  • North International Music Competition (2nd Place)

  • Harmony for Peace (Special Judge’s Prize)

  • Celebration of Music (2018 finalist)

  • Gold President’s Volunteer Service Award (2016, 2017, 2018)

  • Silver President’s Volunteer Service Award (2015)

  • Musicians Doing Good (Honorable Mention 2017)

  • Junior Legion of Honor Award (2018)

  • Senatorial Citation from Senator Bob Mensch (2018)

  • TruStage Community Spark Award (2018) 


  • Delaware County Youth Orchestra (2017-present)

  • DeLaSalle String Band Orchestra (2014-present)

  • Upper Darby Sousa Band (2015-2017)

  • The Shipley School Honors Combo (2015-present)

  • The Shipley School Jazz Band & Orchestra (2014-present)

  • Bugles Across America (2015-present)

  • Taps for Veterans (2015-present)

  • Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps (2015-present)