Residing on the Northern Beaches Andrew started playing drums at age 9. At age 12 Andrew was on a music scholarship until the end of year 12 at St Luke’s Grammar. At age 12 Andrew came 1st place in the Billy Hyde’s Drummers Playoffs. Throughout this time Andrew had many opportunities to stretch himself and develop his passion for the drums. From year 7 and each year thereon, Andrew began accompanying year 12 music students for their final HSC performances.
When Andrew was 14 years old he joined the community big band called, “Abatutta.” Andrew remained the primary drummer for this band right through until 2004. From 2002-2005, Andrew played with Abatutta at the Manly Jazz Festival. At age 16, Andrew studied a jazz improvisation course for 12 months at the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney and around that time began teaching the drums.
Once Andrew had finished school he took a year off from tertiary study to concentrate on his passion for the drums. During this year off he had lessons from Gordon Rytmeister (Australian Idol, Doug Parkinson, James Morrison) and had regular lessons with Pete Drummond (Wendy Matthews, Dragon, Glen Shorrock) to stretch himself and his ability. Throughout this time Andrew played regular gigs with his very own four piece funk bank, his own jazz trio, recorded on numerous occasions and joined another big band called, “Soundkitchen.”
Andrew has played numerous gigs and shows at venues including: Star City Casino Ballroom, The Opera House, The Showboat on Darling Harbour, The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia at Rushcutters Bay, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron at Kirribilli, UNSW roundhouse, the Fishos, the Supper Club, Steyne Hotel in Manly and numerous pubs/clubs as well as restaurants and cafes.
Currently Andrew is teaching full time from his studio in Brookvale on the Northern Beaches in Sydney. He has written and published two drum/educational study books and is in demand for session work for various artists and bands across Sydney.
Local schools on the Northern Beaches regularly get Andrew to tutor for band camps, accompany HSC students for their final music performance exams and to play in their musicals.
Along side his teaching, Andrew is also a freelance drummer.
These details were last updated on January 31, 2016