Mr. Andrew Blair is the Director of Bands at Hickory Ridge Middle School in Harrisburg, NC, as well as acting as an Assistant Band Director and Percussion Director at Hickory Ridge High School. Ensembles under Mr. Blair's direction and assistance have earned consistent Superior ratings in Concert Band, Marching Band, and Solo and Ensemble Music Performance Assessments. Prior to earning his current position at Hickory Ridge, Mr. Blair taught at Maiden High School from 2010-2012.
Mr. Blair graduated with the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education, Cum Laude, as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow from Western Carolina University in 2010, completing his student teaching at Kennesaw Mountain High School with David Starnes, Mike Huebner, and Max Mullinix. While at Western, he performed with the Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Concert Choir, the Asheville Symphony, as well as multiple solo and collaborative recitals.
Andrew had many of his most formative experiences as a member of the Sudler Trophy winning WCU “Pride of the Mountains” Marching Band under the direction of Bob Buckner, Matt Henley, and Jon Henson, where he played Snare Drum from 2006-2009, acting as Snare Section leader and Drumline Captain during his Senior Year. Mr. Blair’s principal teachers at WCU were Mario Gaetano (orchestral percussion), Matt Henley (marching percussion), and Byron Hedgepeth (drumset/world percussion). Performance credits also include both the NC Music Educators Association State Convention and the NC Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion as both a soloist and ensemble player.
Mr. Blair was also a member of the 2009 class of the Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Seminar where he was afforded the opportunity to work one-on-one with world renowned percussionists Leigh Howard Stevens and Michael Burritt, as well as elected by the seminar participants and Mr. Stevens as one of the top ten performers from around the world to perform in the prestigious Seminar Highlight Concert at Holy Spirit Cathedral in Asbury Park, NJ.
An active performer, Mr. Blair can be heard performing as a member of the Union Symphony Orchestra and Carolinas Wind Orchestra, as well as maintaining an active Jazz, Contemporary, and Chamber performance schedule in the greater Charlotte area. Andrew also runs a very active and successful private lessons studio, where numerous students have earned spots in local, regional, and national Honor ensembles as well as University percussion scholarships. Andrew also maintains a busy calendar as a composer, arranger, and clinician for band programs across the country.
Mr. Blair is a member of the North Carolina Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Education, the North Carolina Association of Educators, and the Percussive Arts Society, and is a proud Educational Artist and Clinician for Innovative Percussion. Andrew lives in Charlotte, NC, with his Band-Directing, Flute-Playing wife Molly and their dog Chaco.