Trombonist Andrew Friedrichs is a consummate musician whose expertise and lexicon span all modes of musical expression. Adept in the classical, jazz and contemporary mediums, Andrew possesses a unique capacity to express himself as a trombonist, composer, conductor, arranger and producer.
An accomplished trombonist, Andrew has won several concerto competitions, including a school-wide competition at University of Miami’s Frost School of Music where he was featured performing Paul Creston’s “Fantasy for Trombone” with the Frost Symphony Orchestra. He has also seen success in the world of orchestral and military band auditions, having been named the winner of both the trombone auditions for the “U.S. Army Band Pershing’s Own” and the "U.S. Air Force Heritage Band of America." A YoungArts Award Winner, he was nominated for Presidential Scholar in the Arts.
Andrew performs regularly with ensembles in Colorado including the U.S. Air Force Academy Band, the Colorado Symphony, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and the Boulder Philharmonic. He has previously been a member of the Florida Grand Opera, the Palm Beach Symphony and the Henry Mancini Institute Ensemble where he had the privilege of performing alongside such musical greats as Michael Feinstein, “Take 6,” James Newtown Howard, Terrence Blanchard, Ben Folds, and Arturo Sandoval, among others.
His brass quintet, “Bonzai Brass,” was only the second brass ensemble in Eastman School of Music history to be recognized as an Honors Chamber Ensemble. As a jazz trombonist, he has performed and soloed with the Eastman New Jazz Ensemble and was featured as a soloist on Bob Brookmeyer’s 80th Birthday Concert. Andrew has also performed with New World Symphony, Palm Beach Opera, Southwest Florida Symphony, Boca Raton Symphonia, Symphoria and NuDeco.
Andrew currently works as the Worship Music Associate at Village Seven Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs, composing, arranging, and orchestrating worship music for the various ensembles involved in their music ministry, including orchestra, choir, praise band, and an assortment of different chamber ensembles. He loves to pair classic, beloved hymns with new innovative sounds and harmonies, blending contemporary and traditional styles.
A rising composer, he has written pieces for wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, and film score as well as for chamber ensemble and solo works. His compositional style is a colorful blend of various elements from the classical, jazz and contemporary idioms. His compositions and arrangements have been recorded by the Frost Wind Ensemble and the Frost Concert Jazz Band and have been performed by the United States Air Force Academy Band, Symphoria, the Fredericksburg Brass Ensemble, the Frost Trombone Choir, as well as chamber ensembles from the University of Miami and the Eastman School of Music.
As an educator, Andrew currently holds an adjunct teaching position at Pikes Peak Community College where he teaches trombone. He has given masterclasses and workshops for high school and collegiate trombonists, low brass students and band students on various topics. He has served as a quartet coach for the Eastman Summer Trombone Workshop and currently teaches an Aural Skills class at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.
In addition, Andrew is active as a producer and possesses experience producing both live and recorded sound. His assistance can be seen on the album, “Four Concerti,” featuring compositions by Thomas Sleeper.
Andrew’s various skills were employed during a summer at “Camp-of-the-Woods,” a Christian resort. In addition to working as a trombonist in the staff orchestra, he was also the arranger and assistant conductor of the staff orchestra and director of the jazz big band and combo. He was also the founder, co-directer, and arranger for an instrumental worship ensemble at Eastman called “Soli Deo Gloria” comprised of Eastman student musicians.
Andrew completed his DMA at the Frost School of Music in 2017, having written an essay entitled, "Suggestions for Incorporating Entrepreneurship in the Classical Brass Performance Studio," that has been published in the Journal for Entrepreneurship in the Arts. He has spoken on this topic at the annual Self Employment in the Arts conference. He has also published a book of forty fun, pedagogical trombone duets entitled, "Warming Up Together," with Cherry Classics Music.
Andrew studied trombone at the Eastman School of Music under Mark Kellogg and at the Frost School of Music under Timothy Conner. His other teachers include William Harris and John Marcellus for trombone as well as Charles Mason and Gary Lindsay for composition and arranging.