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Meet Andrew Wainwright!

Thursday 10 August, 2017

Many of our readers will know Andrew Wainwright as one of the most promising young band composers in the UK. He’s especially prominent in Salvation Army circles and has been Composer-in Residence of Virtuosi GUS Band. Just over four years ago, Andrew headed across the pond to work for The Salvation Army, in a music leadership capacity. Recently, we caught up with him to find out how things have worked out so far. Andrew has been busy spreading not just the Christian gospel but also the musical gospel. While working for the ‘Army’ in Wisconsin, Andrew became Artistic Advisor of the Illinois Brass Band and developed a close association with the Chicago Staff Band. It was here that he met his wife, Laura, whom he married in June 2015. Since then he has received annual commissions from one of Illinois’ leading regional orchestras, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra.


Andrew recently moved south to take up the Deputy Divisional Music Director role in the great state of Texas. This involves helping oversee the SA’s large music programme throughout the state, assisting with the organisation of a five-week summer music camp and conducting Texas Brass, the division’s top youth band. Last Christmas, Andrew produced a major Christmas event in Dallas that starred the winner of the Mexican version of The Voice. If that’s not enough, he’s helped found the Dallas Brass Band - the Metroplex’s only British-style brass band - and serves as the band’s President.


Through all of this, Andrew keeps up a busy compositional schedule. He continues to receive commissions from leading soloists and ensembles - from North America and the UK. He’s widely published by The Salvation Army and other leading UK publishing houses and earlier this year signed on with Experianza Music. Andrew told us: “I’m especially excited by the relationship with Experianza Music. They have a modern approach to publishing band music and they provide an excellent end-to-end service. For instance, they recently did all the leg work to get copyright approval from Oxford University Press for my John Rutter arrangements.”


Andrew misses much about the UK but he’s happy about his move and the diverse opportunities life in America regularly provides. He finished the conversation by saying: “The world has become a small place and I’m grateful for everything America has offered me while still maintaining the special relationships I have back home. You have to love the Internet and cheap airfares!”