Andy grew up in Lincoln Nebraska, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance at the University of Nebraska in 2001 under Dr. Scott Andersen. He then studied in southwest Germany with Prof. Abbie Conant, performing in various orchestras and ensembles around Europe and Mexico.
In 2006, Andy moved to the Bay Area to study free improvisation at Mills College, where he received a Master of Arts. He recorded and spent two years on the road performing with harpist Joanna Newsom. Andy has been a featured soloist with various orchestras, including Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra, for which he wrote and performed a Family Concert for young listeners.
Andy directs an after-school trombone choir, assists in 4th and 5th grade band rooms, and performs as a trombone storyteller in parks, libraries, and schools across the country. He can be heard every third Saturday at Woods Brewery playing with East Bay Brass Band in Oakland.