Andrew Cheetham joins the Texas State University School of Music in the Fall 2018 semester as an Assistant Professor of Trumpet. A native of Columbia, Missouri, Andrew attended the University of Texas at Austin where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, Master's Degree in Trumpet Performance, and a Performer's Certificate. Andrew also holds a Doctorate in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, where he received a Certificate of Excellence in Performance, the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for his area, and a minor in Music History.
As a classical and jazz trumpeter, Andrew has performed in and conducted various ensembles across the United States and in Europe. He is currently principal trumpet in the Danville (Illinois) Symphony Orchestra, has held principal trumpet positions with the North Arkansas Symphony and the Prairie Ensemble Chamber Orchestra, and performs regularly with a number of regional orchestras across Illinois. In addition, Andrew has performed with the Austin Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic and the Tulsa Symphony Brass. As a jazz musician, Andrew is a founding member of the Four Other Brothers Jazz Trumpet Quartet and has collaborated with musicians including Bobby Shew, Slide Hampton, Peter Erskine, Conrad Herwig, Gregg Bissonette, and many others. Andrew is also sought after as an adjudicator and clinician, and regularly travels across the country for jazz festivals and other events to speak about Practice Techniques, Jazz Improvisation, and Performance Anxiety.
Andrew has experience as a band director in the Austin, TX public schools and has taught trumpet, led jazz ensembles and small groups, and taught various academic courses at all levels for nearly twenty years. Andrew currently serves as Associate Professor of Trumpet at Eastern Illinois University, and has taught in similar trumpet and jazz roles at Oklahoma State University and Nazareth College of Rochester. Andrew was a trumpeter and ensemble leader in the United States Army, where he was often a featured trumpet soloist, performed in countless ceremonies, concerts and conventions all over the country, and received two Army Achievement medals for his work.
Andrew holds a deep interest in new music in both classical and jazz idioms and regularly supports young composers through individual commissions and consortium projects.
Andrew is an Artist/Clinician for The Edwards Instrument Company in Elkhorn, Wisconsin.