Aaron McDaris was born in 1975, and raised in a small town in rural Missouri. Starting at an early age of 11 years old, Aaron learned how to play many instruments, but it was the banjo that he stuck to and fell in love with.

After many trips to bluegrass festivals and listening to local banjo players, and spending hours after school practicing the banjo, his love for the banjo and bluegrass music sent him searching for a band to tour with.

In 1997, a local band that Aaron toured with named Second Exit became SPBGMA's international band champions. This exposure allowed him his first opportunity to get an audition with a national band, the New Tradition. He landed the job with them and has since been touring the circuit now for about ten years. From the New Tradition he moved on to the Larry Stephenson Band, and now is currently with the multi-award winning band the Grascals.

Aaron plays a 1935 TB-3, which was converted to a flathead, using the Dannick Tone Ring. Aaron is currently playing his banjo with Rhonda Vincent.


New Tradition: Stand and Be Counted (Mountain Home Records), Cradle, Cross, Crown (Mountain Home Records)
Larry Stephenson Band: Heavenward Bound (Pinecastle Records), Clinch Mountain Mystery (Pinecastle Records), Life Stories (Pinecastle Records), Thankful (Pinecastle Records)
Rhonda Vincent: Beautiful Star, a Christmas Collection Track 10 "Jingle Bells" (Rounder Records)

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