Guitarist/Vocalist/Composer/Arranger/Director Andy, has spent most of his life pursuing the goal of mastering music at its highest level which continues to this day. He began his formal pursuit at the prestigious University of North Texas where he received his Bachelor’s of Arts in Jazz Performance. He then went back to UNT to receive a Master’s in Jazz Arranging/Composition studying under Grammy award-winning arranger/composer, Richard DeRosa. During his time at UNT, he was able to perform and arrange for the world renown 1 o’clock lab band under the direction of Steve Weist and the UNT Jazz Singers under the direction of Jennifer Barnes as well as countless other small and large ensembles. Andy has also been composing and performing since his youth and has developed his own unique writing style comprised of the multitude of genres that has influenced his musical direction. He has also written/arranged/performed and recorded for many artists over the last 25 years. Andy has also been an educator since 1993 and currently is Director/Arranger of the Rockin’ Axes and Contemporary Guitar Ensemble of SFA University as well been the applied guitar and bass professor. Expectations of Students: Like any aspect of life, consistency and patience are two very important qualities to posses when working towards a goal. The duration of each practice session is proportional to the level of the student. Learning how to practice efficiently with your instrument is key for adherence and success in obtaining your goals. Andy also strongly believes that service to humanity is of the utmost importance. He has performed for and been a part of many worth while causes such as the Dallas Life Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes, Food For Hunger Organizations, Medi Send, as well as Habitat for Humanity.
Andy S.- has over 20 years of music experience in the Keller area.
Bachelor's of Music in Jazz Studies Performance- University of North Texas Master's of Music in Jazz Studies Arranging/Composition- Universisty of North Texas Pro Tools certification-Pro Media Dallas
Andy is an accomplished musician in many styles of music. He performs regularly in Jazz combos, string quartets, pop, rock as well as singer songwriter groups regularly in the North Texas area. He also has recorded with artists locally and from the Miami and Washington D.C. areas. Andy has arranged an original composition by world renowned jazz artist, Kurt Rosenwinkel, which was performed by Kurt himself along with the, Grammy award winning, University of North Texas’s One O’clock lab band in Spring of 2010.
Teaching privately since 1993. Currently Director/arranger of the two Rockin' Axes ensembles, the Contemporay Ensemble, the Rockin' Axes Vocal Lab as well Professor for Guitar/Bass at SFA State University.
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