My name is Andrew Brandt (Andy, to my friends) and welcome to my quintet site. I’m now a recovering bassoon reed maker, chamber and orchestra musician and Baroque music specialist. I’m also an experienced website creator, HTML and CSS coder, writer, proofreader, editor, and occasional photographer with experience in Photoshop.
My principal bassoon teachers were Ron Phillips, George Goslee (both with the Cleveland Orchestra), Leonard Sharrow and Mordechai Rechtman (both at Indiana U). I received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin-Wallace College (now a University), and the Master of Music degree with distinction from Indiana University, with additional studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Case Western Reserve University, Louisiana State University at Shreveport and the Classical Music Seminar in Eisenstadt, Austria.
For 25 years, I was principal bassoonist with the Shreveport Symphony (in Louisiana) and was also a founder, President, bassoonist, recorder soloist, and, later, Music Director of the Baroque Artists of Shreveport. I also eked out a living freelancing with the Longview (TX) Symphony Orchestra, the Marshall (TX) Symphony Orchestra, the South Arkansas Symphony and lots of other adventures. I became active in orchestra negotiations and volunteered about 16 years with the Regional Orchestra Players’ Association, a national support group for mid-level symphony orchestra musicians (affiliated with the American Federation of Musicians), and was President for six years.
I performed in woodwind quintets from high school through college, as well as four seasons on tour with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra. I also performed 25 years with the Shreveport Symphony Woodwind Quintet and also the Centenary College Faculty Woodwind Quintet, presenting many recitals and hundreds of educational concerts.
I also taught bassoon at the Baldwin-Wallace College extension division, the Cleveland Music School Settlement, at the Hurley School of Music of Centenary College of Louisiana, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA.
My introduction to researching woodwind quintets was actually the work of a classmate at BWC, Robert Snyder, who shared a research paper he wrote in 1972. (Bob went on to a career with the U.S. Navy Band in D.C.) Later, around 1980, I began researching woodwind quintets with the assumption that there were probably just a couple of hundred of them, maybe, with a few other works for piano and winds. Boy, was I wrong! As the list grew, I began to share it via email in the early 1990s. After retiring as a performer in 2004, I began continuing to research quintets via the internet.
Since then, I’ve been a professional nonprofit fundraiser and manager, and I’ve gotten pretty darn good at blogging, editing, proofreading, and coding HTML and CSS for the web. (I did all the HTML and CSS coding for this site by myself, with a bit of help from WordPress.)
I also blog on Frugal Guidance 2, for which I’ve written a wide variety of articles about job hunting, using LinkedIn and other social media, writing tools (including LibreOffice), mindmapping, creativity and nonprofits. I also help job hunters as Vice President of the Professional Support Group of Morris County (in New Jersey) and as a writer and speaker about LinkedIn and job search.
You can follow my tweets as AndyB531, and I usually respond to thoughtful invitations on LinkedIn.
I look forward to combining writing, editing, proofreading, web design, and a love of music and nonprofits into a freelance career. Email me privately using the Contact Form on the menu of this blog, or reach out on Twitter or LinkedIn. Thanks.