Andrew Will was born on 28th March 1960, in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. He studied at the Royal Australian Naval School of Music, Victoria, 1976 and continued full-time as a serving musician with the Royal Australian Navy for six years. He studied music at the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education (Diploma of Arts), Toowoomba, 1984 and music education at Sydney College of Advanced Education (Teachers Certificate), Sydney, 1988.
He plays many different types of musical instruments and has performed with the Royal Australian Naval Band (Sydney, Melbourne and Fleet Band, 1976-1982), Seventh Fleet Marine Band (Pearl Harbour, 1980), Indian Naval Band (Cochin, 1980), New Zealand Army Band (Singapore, 1980), Toowoomba Sinfonia, (1985-1986) and the Toowoomba Concert Orchestra (1986). He has also performed in numerous rock and jazz bands in the past 25 years. Andrew currently performs with the New Groove Big Band, jazz band Sojourn and Ye Olde Brass Band as guest conductor/musician, all located in Brisbane, Queensland. He is backup bassist for numerous jazz bands in the Brisbane area.
Andrew studied composition under the direction of the late Peter Rourke. As a music educator, he writes a variety of material suitable for the development of student bands. He has been involved with Brass Bands for the past 30 years and has written many titles for this type of ensemble. Andrew is the founder of Willscore Publishing, a business that publishes Orchestral, String Orchestra, Concert and Brass Band, Jazz Band and Solo/Accompaniment material. Bands from Australia, United Kingdom, America, Norway, Belgium and Finland have performed Andrew’s compositions ranging from “Haunted House” (Grade 1 level Concert Band), “Frontier” (Grade 3 Concert Band) and “Convict” (A Grade Brass Band). He is an Associate Composer with the Australian Music Library, Sydney, New South Wales. This library represents over 300 Australian Composers and promotes their music both nationally and internationally. He is also a Writer Full Member of the Australasian Performing Right Association Limited.
His other main interest is arranging for community concerts, recording artists and for bands in which he is a current member.
Andrew currently holds the position of Music Teacher (Secondary Music) and Instrumental Music Coordinator at St. Patrick’s College Shorncliffe, Brisbane and is committed to musical development of students both within the classroom and band setting. He has a commitment to Australian music making and embraces all genres and styles in the framework of his music curriculum.