Aya attended Palisades Charter High School, where she first learned to play snare drum in marching band. Since then, Aya has marched with Gold Drum and Bugle Corps, Pacific Crest, and Vanguard Cadets in the summer, and Dark Sky Percussion, POW Percussion, and most recently Broken City Percussion in the winter. Aya attended UCLA from 2014-2018, where she received a degree in cognitive science and was a member of the UCLA Bruin Marching Band.


Aya currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She is the battery manager and arranger at Santa Monica High School, and works as a therapist for children with autism, as well as playing for the LA Chargers Thunderbolt Drumline. In the past she has taught at Palisades Charter and Mira Costa High Schools. Aya is a member of the Vic Firth educational team.

This is Aya Strauss’ first year at Élan Percussion.