"Graduated from the International Baccalaureate Program at Thornton High School in 2017, Andrew is currently pursuing his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Colorado State University.
While attending THS, Andrew founded and conducted two chamber ensembles known as the Thornton High School Wind Chamber Groups. With these groups, he put on performances with local organizations such as the Food for Hope Charity as well as in venues like the Auraria King Center Concert Hall in Denver. He also served as the THS Drum Major and the Interim Band Director during the Summer of 2016.
Going into his third year at CSU, Andrew has been honing his musicianship and teachership to offer the best instruction to his ability. He participates in many ensembles at CSU including the Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, and assorted chamber groups. Additionally, he has established himself as a student leader among the community serving as the Head Drum Major for the CSU Marching Band as well as the President of the CSU Chapter of the National Association for Music Educators. During the Spring Semesters, Andrew has served as the Co-Saxophone Section Coach for the CSU Middle School Outreach Ensemble as well as coordinated the program's MSOE Carnival in 2019.
Passionate about giving back, Andrew consistently volunteers at local schools in the Fort Collins area as well as teaches private saxophone lessons to students of all ages. In the Summer of 2019, Andrew will be working as a staff member for the CSU Drum Major and Leadership Institute, a camp counselor for the Colorado Honor Band Summer Camp, a guest teacher at the Seattle MusicWorks Jazz Camp, and an intern with the Seattle Saxophone Institute.
Andrew's main areas of passion in music education include the promotion and study of the saxophone in all genres, the exploration of improvisation and jazz idioms within the classical setting, the utilization of peer teaching to aid student development, and the implementation of music technology in all band settings. Andrew's mentors and professors include Neil Welch, Kate Olson, Peter Daniel, Dr. Evan Smith, Professor Peter Sommer, Dr. Dan Goble, Dr. T Andre Feagin, and Dr. Erik Johnson."