Teenager of the QACHS Performing Arts Week – Andrew Williams | Colleges
CENTERVILLE – Andrew Williams, a junior from Queen Anne’s County Excessive Faculty, is the ACPSQ’s Teenager of the Performing Arts Week for his excellent contributions to the QACHS music program. He has been an energetic member of the QACHS Lions Band program for the previous three years as a member of the concord, symphony and jazz ensemble and has contributed to those ensembles by enjoying each trumpet and guitar. Andrew can be enrolled in the highschool music idea course this semester, which prepares him for the chance to take Superior Placement Music Principle.
Though Andrew has a powerful ardour for music as we speak, it wasn’t at all times that manner. Eric Wright, director of QACHS teams, spoke with Andrew to be taught extra in regards to the inspiring story of this younger musician.
“Once I was youthful I wasn’t actually passionate or curious about something,” Andrew stated. “I performed sports activities, however that was about it. My sister was at all times actually into music and was making an attempt to be taught to play the guitar, however I had little interest in going that route. Then, after I bought to sixth grade, I used to be recognized with a genetic dysfunction. Each time I attempted to run, soar, and even flip too sharply, my knees would stick out. It prompted me to cease enjoying sports activities. “
By this level, Andrew’s sister hadn’t touched her guitar in years, and feeling that there was nothing higher to do, he determined to take his previous guitar and attempt to be taught to play it himself. After selecting it up for the primary time, he felt an actual reference to the instrument. So he began enjoying increasingly more, and spent a mean of about three to 4 hours enjoying all through the day. After a 12 months and a half of enjoying, he joined the Sudlersville Center Faculty Jazz Band, and even bought to play the solo “Lodge California” with them.
From his second 12 months of enjoying, Andrew turned extra curious about recording guitar and recording music usually. He has achieved numerous analysis on how music is recorded, produced, purchased primary recording gear, and tried it out for himself.
“I recorded all the things I might,” stated Andrew, “and discovered all the things I might about recording music, particularly guitar. It bought me to the place I’m as we speak. I’ve been enjoying guitar for about 5 years and have been recording guitar for 3 years.
When the pandemic hit, Andrew additionally determined to attempt to begin realizing his dream of turning into a contract guitarist. First, he researched methods to market himself on social media, how a lot to cost, and he began pursuing that as a profession.
“After working onerous over the previous few months, I’ve been in a position to work with many native musicians, in addition to a couple of musicians and songwriters based mostly in and round Nashville. On prime of that, I developed my social networks and was in a position to crew up with guitar gear producers to have the ability to promote their merchandise! I hope to proceed working with the individuals I’ve been in touch with to date, and in the long run I hope that I can discover a technique to earn a sustainable earnings from enjoying guitar.
Wright added, “Andrew has not solely made nice contributions to each live performance ensembles enjoying the trumpet and as an unimaginable performer on guitar within the QACHS Jazz Ensemble, however he has additionally been a wonderful instructor and mentor. He was at all times able to share his guitar data with one other guitarist within the Jazz Ensemble.
Along with enjoying the QACHS Jazz Ensemble, Andew can be energetic together with his Church Reward Group. “General, the band’s program sparked my curiosity in all issues music,” stated Andrew, “and (Mr. Wright) gave me the setting to domesticate that curiosity into a real ardour.
“I’ve no doubts that Andrew will proceed to achieve success in his future with music,” stated Wright, “and I’m honored to have him within the QACHS group household as we speak.”