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Andrew Cheetham joined the EIU Music Department in the Fall 2010 semester as our new Assistant Professor of Trumpet. A native of Columbia, MO, Andrew attended the University of Texas at Austin where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, Master's Degree in Trumpet Performance, and a Performer's Certificate. Andrew also holds a Doctorate in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, where he received a Certificate of Excellence in Performance, the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for his area, and a minor in Music History.
As a classical and jazz trumpeter as well as group leader, Andrew has performed in and conducted various ensembles across the United States and in Europe. He held the principal trumpet position with the North Arkansas Symphony and has performed with Austin Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic and the Tulsa Symphony Brass. As a jazz musician, Andrew has collaborated with musicians including Bobby Shew, Slide Hampton, Peter Erskine, Gregg Bissonette, and many others. Andrew is also sought after as an adjudicator and clinician, and regularly travels across the country for jazz festivals and other events to speak about Practicing for Effect, Versatility as a Working Musician, and Performance Anxiety.
Andrew has experience as a band director in the Austin, TX public schools and has taught trumpet, led jazz ensembles and small groups, and taught various academic courses at all levels for nearly twenty years. Andrew is a former Assistant Professor of Music at Oklahoma State University, and has taught at Nazareth College, The University of Rochester, and the University of Texas. Most recently, Andrew was a trumpeter and ensemble leader in the United States Army, where he was often a featured trumpet soloist, performed in countless ceremonies, concerts and conventions all over the country, and received two Army Achievement medals for his work.
Andrew is also an active arranger and composer and his interest in new music has led him to commission and perform several works in both jazz and classical styles.