Andrew started playing cornet at Normanton Secondary School under the instruction of Ray Woodfield. Shortly after starting he joined Altofts and Normanton where he stayed a number of years before joining Lofthouse Colliery Band and also Wakefield Schools Band under Les Hepplestone.
After a number of years of playing in brass bands he took a different direction to play trumpet pit orchestras for stage musicals and principlal trumpet with Leeds Sympohony Orchestra. This is where he first started conducting being given the musical director position for Normanton Musical Theatre Company in their productions of Hans Christian Andersen, Annie, Oliver and Anything Goes.
At this time he decided to go back to brass band’s playing solo cornet at Jayess Queensbury under the leadership of James Shepherd who also became his tutor. After 4 enjoyable years with this band he left to join Stanley Newmarket on principal and conductor of their junior band. Following success at the YHBBA competition at Scarborough with Stanley Dynamix he was offered the opportunity to establish a new Lofthouse Brass Band, and 20 years later he is still there!
Outside of band he is a web designer at a automotive digital agency in Selby, he enjoys studying to imporve his skills (including conducting) and gives private lessons to a number of members. His wife, Vicky, is also involved in the band as treasurer and he hopes that one day his grand daughter, Sophie, will start playing (she already has a cornet) and become a member.
A few facts…
Occupation: Web Designer
Instrument: Besson International Cornet. Preferred Baton – Mollard
Most embarrassing banding moment: Asking Prince Charles if he was available for a Saturday practice after he told me he could play trumpet.
Favourite food: Ramires Piri Piri Chicken
Favourite drink: Yorkshire Tea
Favourite (non-brass) band / singer: Genesis
Influential Conductors: Russell Grey, Ray Farr, Benjamin Zander, James Shepherd, Ivan Fischer, Les Hepplestone.
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