Andy Harris (Brass)
Andy is a trumpeter who spent his school days in Uppingham and gained a place with the orchestras and bands in the Leicestershire Arts Music Service, culminating in principal trumpet with the Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra. He then trained at the Birmingham Conservatoire where he won the ‘Alfred Corfield’ trumpet prize in his final year and was awarded a BMus Honours Degree.
He began teaching with Derbyshire Music Partnership and also found himself in a UB40 tribute band touring Europe for 10 years. Andy has been involved in many commercial music events, shows and festivals. He is very interested in the Baroque period and loves playing the music from this golden age of trumpet. He has played in almost every genre of music from orchestral to Asian wedding bands. Currently he is involved in a trio of trumpet, soprano and organ called “Sounds of Splendour” which not only play the baroque repertoire but have been pushing the boundaries with their own versions of artists like Beyoncé.
Andy has always been very keen to learn as much as possible about brass playing and the trumpet in particular. In 2011 he spent some time in America studying with Clint ‘Pops’ McLaughlin, one of the leading trumpet teachers in the world which completely transformed his playing and his teaching.
Andy started working with whole class brass teaching in 2012 and has loved it ever since. It is a passion of his to get the classes not only playing brilliantly but inspiring them with his great love of music.
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