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The Early Years

andy in the pipe band dressed aged 13
Andy aged 13

Andy started playing the side drum in Wolverhampton Pipe Band when he was 7. He played with the Band until the age of 13 at carnivals, festivals & competitions. This gave Andy the really valuable experience of playing in front of large audiences at an early age which means he has never suffered with nerves throughout his life.

Andy moved on to the Drum Kit then and played with his local Schools Concert Band and several local Brass Bands. He also played with local Groups throughout his teenage years.

The Army Years

andy in the pipe band
Andy with The Royal Engineers Band

Andy Joined the Royal Engineers in 1981 at the age of 16 as a Junior Soldier. He was stationed at The Army Apprentices College Chepstow until the age of 18. During his time there he played with the Colleges Band.

In 1984 he joined the Royal Engineers Band in Germany as a Full Time Musician and learnt to play the Trumpet as his second instrument. Whilst with the Band he toured extensively around Europe and also played on several recording sessions the Band did. He also played with the band for the German TV stations equivalent of Young Musician of the Year and at the Royal Albert Hall for a 60th Anniversary Concert. He left the Army in 1987.

It's me with a moustache (back row far right).

I thought I looked cool back then, what a mistake?

Adult Life

andy at the drums

When Andy left the Army he started playing with local groups again.

In 1998 Andy moved to Wokingham to live and work. Being close to London he was able to start playing with some accomplished groups and artists. He soon started making contacts in the music industry and started playing sessions and depping on concerts. He started also jamming around the Jazz scene and made a lot of friends with the young up and coming stars of the Jazz & Session circuit.

Since then Andy's music career has never looked back he had Recording Deals playing with "Blind Drivers – AU – Add-Libb".

He has become an International Session Musician. Notably with Adam Ant, Gary Barlow, Atomic Kitten, Spice Girls, Kylie, Boyzone, Monica Maranjo, Marti Pellow, Chayanne, Rod Stewart, Alison Moyet, East 17, Darius, Liberty X, Will Young, Celine Dion, Harry Secombe, The Blow Monkeys, Session 99, Denim, London Session Orchestra, BBC Session Orchestra, Pizza Express All Stars, TV & Radio work. (See Full List of Artists below).

Andy regularly plays for Artists on Tour or just one off concerts

Andy has still managed to also play with local groups right through out the years which he really enjoys. Andy Currently is playing with Black Cart.

Full List of Artists Andy has played with
16 Tambourines
Double Top
Crux
Stone Roses
Wrong Animal
Sheeba
Adam Ant
Graffiti
Bryce
Tamara
Flunkie
Peggy Bourne
The Happening
Senders
Stealers
Adam Ant
Denim
Charlotte Knight
Jesse Joust
Kenda
Charles and Eddie
Chayanne
East 17
Boyzone
Stone Roses
Spice Girls
Curiousity Killed The Cat
Wish
Office
Add-Libb
Fritz Fuller
Silent
Tarkan
Monica Naranjo
Chayanne
Mirage
Rod Stewart
Liberty X
Darius
Will Young
Alison Moyet
Kylie Minogue
Raina Young
Atomic Kitten
Bandits
The Waves
S. Cunningham
Greater Than The Sun
Marti Pellow
Mon J
Tri-Party
Sisters Elemental
The New Jersey
Del
The Bandits
Slide & Start
Mon J
Solstice
DDL
Trinity Muse
Marlon & Jerome
Chargehand
Henrick Jensen
Statehooper
The Bouncers
Fitch Bandanas
Las Murchachas
Kandi Nelsson
Janice B
Deliz
Lilt
J Section
Wonderfuls
Gary Barlow
The Dacoits
Jasmine
Punk Truckers
Gasoline
Sister Beck
Sweet Cake
Rockets
Voodoo
Lana
The Acorns
Raina Young
Eva Bloom
Celine Dion
Valerie Flowers
Hopscotch
Delilah
Los Trident
Difficult Dan
Curtis Tweed
Abey Carington
Mimi Lange
Celine Dion
Session 99
London Session Orchestra
BBC Studio/Concert Orchestra

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