At this point in Andrews piping career he entered the competitive sphere of solo and band performance while musically developing and flourishing under the private instruction of Champion Piper John Cairns of London Ontario. As a competitor in the George Sherriff Invitational, Nicol-Brown Invitational, and as the 2008 winner of the Metro Cup in New York City; Andrew excelled as a soloist and was upgraded to the competitive level of Professional at age eighteen.
On three occasions Andrew has traveled to Glasgow, Scotland to compete in the World Pipe Band Championships with the 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band under the direction of Pipe Major Bill Livingstone. As well as once with the Peel Regional Police Pipe Band under the direction of Pipe Major John Cairns. On these occasions Andrew has placed as well as fourth in a field of the premiere level pipe bands of the world.
In pursuit of higher education, in 2009 Andrew auditioned for and received a full-scholarship to Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois. Whilst perusing his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Performance at Monmouth College he accepted the role of acting Pipe Major in the Liberal Arts institutions Pipe Band.
As a student of Monmouth College Andrew studied Music Performance with instrumental specialization in Trumpet. During this time his theoretical and performance tutelage was under the principal instruction of Dr. James Betts. Andrew's ensemble experience consists of acting Principal Trumpet of the Monmouth College Orchestra, and Symphonic Wind Ensemble.
In addition to his experience in band and chamber ensembles, Andrew has performed solo recitals in collaboration with accompanists showcasing a diverse repertoire of music. Works span from the Barouque Suite in D Major by Handel for trumpet and organ, to Contemporary pieces such as the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto and Anthony Plog’s Themes on Paintings of Edvard Munch.
Andrew recently added Scottish Border Pipes to the list of instruments upon which he performs.
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