University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps
Andrew Barlow is a multi-faceted percussionist with over 15 years of teaching, composing and performance experience. He has been invited to perform on 3 continents, performed in Japan, South Korea, Canada, and all 48 continental states. Currently, he serves on percussion faculty at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and is pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. As an artist, Andrew’s Broadway touring credits include roles as a Percussionist and the Percussion Manager for the Tony and Emmy Award winning Broadway show Blast! Off-Broadway credits include The Golem of Havana and Billy, Goat, Gruff the Musical. Andrew has performed and recorded with Madonna, Kevin Antunes, American Idol’s Kimberley Locke, Diamond Rio and legendary drum set artist Swiss Chris. In the Fall of 2020, he was blessed with the invitation to perform and conduct the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Percussion Ensemble at the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) International Percussion Ensemble Competition showcase concert. Composition and arranging is a constant in Andrew’s career. His music has been performed internationally in Japan, Canada, and can be heard throughout scholastic percussion ensembles, universities, and within the Drum and Bugle Corps and Winter Guard International community. As an active member of the Percussive Arts Society, Andrew is a member of the PAS Composition Committee where he contributes original compositions to Rhythm! Scene, presents panel discussions at PASIC, and promotes the creation of new works and education for percussion composition.
Inspiration comes when I least expect it. A student experiencing a light bulb moment, opening my ears to hear people's love for artistry, or simply listening to great music. It all breeds positivity and I am grateful to be inspired by a society of creativity.
If you feel comfortable in your profession, you're not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel you're capable of being in. When you don't feel like your feet are quite touching the bottom, you're just about in the right place to do something exciting.
Stacking the FX Trashformers on any cymbal. The ability to combine different sizes of the Trashformers allows me to create unique texture and accents amongst any ensemble. It creates a distinguished articulation that cuts and allows for vacant space to be filled. The New Beat HH's and the K Custom Hybrid Ride. The drive and articulation when combining New Beat HH's and the K Custom Hybrid Ride allows for an organic blend with a genuine articulation. Each cymbal is able to have its own identity as well as blending when playing together. It is the perfect pitch, timbre, and color that I look for in my sound.
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