Andy was born in Bristol in 1973 and was lucky enough to attend a secondary school running the American Wind Band method which had every 11-13 year old performing on a wind band instrument once a week in a classroom setting. Andy quickly took to the trombone and later changed to bass trombone playing in the local orchestras and big bands.
In 1992 Andy studied bass trombone and composition at the Birmingham Conservatoire under Alwyn Green (Bass Trombonist for the CBSO) and John Meyer (Indo-Jazz Fusions) as well as the Paris Conservatoire under Claude Chevalier and François Jeanneau.
Since 1996 Andy has worked in performance, composition and teaching across all styles of music including lead trombone with the Fat Chops Big Band plus regular sojourns with the Rat Pack on both bass and tenor trombone as well as a performer and arranger for recording sessions. Andy also leads his own jazz fusion group, the ADG.
His composing has featured a Tuba Quartet premiered at the 1st International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, works for Strings and solo Wind and Brass instruments and most recently a commission for the Bristol Brass Consort to write a jazz-themed Brass Quintet.
He currently teaches part time at Warwick Boys’ School where they get to try out his latest educational music.