Andrew H. Bahle, 17, from Suttons Bay, Michigan, is a senior percussion major at Interlochen Arts Academy where he was recently designated as the Avedis Zildjian Company Academy Scholar for the 2009-10 academic year.
Andrew is a member of Sun Radius Steel Pan Band, Interlochen Percussion Ensemble and Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra ('08--'10). He attended Interlochen Arts Camp ('05--'07) and was named an Emerson Scholar in 2007. The Emerson award is a merit-based full scholarship awarded to fifty of the nation's top high school musicians. Other honors include acceptance into Juilliard's Summer Percussion Seminar ('08) as well as being selected as a Gold Medal Award Winner ('07--'08) by the Grand Traverse Musicale. Andrew's percussion teachers include John Alfieri, David C. Warne, Joseph Gramley, Keith Aleo, and Scott Stevens. He has also been fortunate to participate in many master classes with some of the world's top percussionists including Haruku Fuji, Mark Ford, Christopher Norton, Gifford Horwarth, Evelyn Glennie, Daniel Bauch, Amy Stubbs, Javier Diaz, Gregory Zuber, Peter Erskine, Glen Valez, Yousif Sheronick, Joseph Pereira and Gregory Zuber.
Interlochen Arts Academy was founded in 1962 to provide year-round training in the arts coupled with challenging and comprehensive college-preparatory academics. Since the school was established, it has produced 40 Presidential Scholars in the Arts, a record unmatched by any school in the United States, public or private.