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Andrew Blair

Hickory Ridge Middle School and Hickory Ridge High School
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Andrew Blair is a first year Masters Conducting student at the University of Georgia. Andrew graduated with Honors as a NC Teaching Fellow, Sudler Trophy winner, and Instrumental Performer of the Year from Western Carolina University in 2010 with a BSEd in Music Education. Prior to his appointment at UGA, Mr. Blair taught on the Middle, High School, and Collegiate levels for 8 years in NC, with his ensembles earning consistent Superior ratings in grades 1-6 in Concert, Marching, and Solo and Ensemble performance assessments across the Southeast.

Other honors include serving as an assistant conductor with the Charlotte Youth Wind Ensembles from 2015-2018, being named a finalist for Teacher of the Year at both Hickory Ridge MS and Harris Road MS as well as the NC South-Central Band Directors Association Young Director Award. Andrew earned a Citation of Excellence from Cabarrus County Schools, and was the 2016 recipient of the American School Band Directors Association Encore Award for Young Band Directors. 

As a performer, Andrew has most recently held positions as a section Percussionist in the Union Symphony Orchestra (NC), as well as Principal Percussionist of the Carolinas Wind Orchestra (SC). Andrew holds memberships in NAfME and PAS.

As an arranger and sound designer, Andrew’s music for high school and collegiate marching band has been performed all across the United States, ranging from small, non-competitive ensembles, up to SC and TX State Finalists as well as NCAA Division I and II Athletic Bands.

Currently, Andrew and his wife Molly, who is a world-class musician and educator, live in Athens, GA with their two dogs, Chaco and Fritz.