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Andy Mears - Saxophones and Reeds

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Andy Mears MA, LTCL (Dist.), CIPD Assoc. – Saxophones and Reeds

As well as working regularly with the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, Andy freelances with a host of other big bands, small groups and touring shows. He is currently the principal Saxophonist with the Central Band of the Royal Air Force and is the Musical Director and Lead Alto for the Royal Air Force Squadronaires - a position he has held since 2015. Andy writes extensively, composing and arranging for his own Octet and various other ensembles. Larger scale works have included arrangements for a series of Royal Marines Massed Bands concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and the Dame Vera Lynn 100th Birthday celebrations at the London Palladium.

Andy studied at Leeds College of Music, graduating in 1999 with a BA (Hons) Degree in Jazz Studies. In 2008 he successfully completed a Master's Degree in Music Performance from Salford University.

His favourite players are still Art Pepper, Lee Konitz, Cannonball Adderley and Stan Getz!