Andrew is the Chief Marketing Officer for Alfred Music. Additionally, he is an Assistant Professor, Music Industry Studies for the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communications at California State University, Northridge and serves as the Academic Lead for the Masters in Music Industry Administration program. Andrew is the current President and a Founding Board Member of the Jazz Education Network. He played trumpet in the California All-State Honor Band, the McDonald's All-American High School Marching Band and Jazz Band, and the Walt Disney World All-American College Jazz Band.
Andrew attended California State University, Northridge where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance. While at Northridge he played with the CSUN Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, and Jazz "A" Band. He has toured throughout the USA, Europe and Japan, and has performed in the Istanbul (Turkey), Juan les Pins (France), Umbria (Italy), Wigan (England) and the Lake Biwa (Japan) jazz festivals. He has also performed in the concert halls of Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Halls at Lincoln Center, Fumon Hall in Tokyo, and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. After playing lead trumpet in shows at Walt Disney World, Andrew returned to southern California to complete his MBA degree and began working for Alfred Music.
He is co-author of Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory, along with his wife Karen Farnum Surmani, a former LA Unified School District music educator and current Early Childhood, Classroom and Vocal Editor for Alfred Music, as well as Morton Manus, President of Alfred Music.
Andrew serves on the Music Technology Advisory Board at Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), the Advisory Board for Technology in Music Education (TI:ME) and the College Music Society Editorial Board.
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