Andrew Smith has over forty years of experience as a performing musician, music teacher, band director, music arranger and music administrator.
Andrew spent twenty years as a classroom music teacher and director of the ensemble
program at Denison College, Bathurst High Campus and he was Head of the Creative Arts faculty for seventeen of those years.
Andrew’s tertiary music qualifications include an Associate Diploma in Music from the
Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Bachelor of Music from the Canberra School of
Music, ANU and a Graduate Diploma of Education from the University of Canberra. He also holds a Certificate III in Live Production (Technical theatre), a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment and a Certificate IV in Workplace Health and Safety.
Musically Andrew is an experienced drummer and percussionist who has been playing
professionally since he was fifteen years old. He has played rock, country, latin, reggae,
musical theatre, classical orchestral and operatic music.
He is however most well known as a specialist jazz drummer and a nationally respected jazz ensemble/orchestra director.
Appointed in November 2021 to the position of Executive Director of Mitchell Conservatorium, Andrew activities include percussion instruction, ensemble direction,
conducting coaching and the delivery of professional learning courses in curriculum delivery.
He is also a big Dr Who fan, has a large collection of Phantom comics.