Dr. Andrew Veit is currently a freelance musician, composer, and educator based in the Chicago area. He is the owner of the Veit Percussion Studio, which partners with several school districts in the Chicagoland, and instructs over eighty students a week. He also is the Co-Associate Director of Heartland Marimba and a former member of the Percussive Arts Society Marching Committee.
As a performing artist, Dr. Veit has performed and presented clinics in Hong Kong, at the SCI National Conference, PASIC, CBDNA conferences, NASA, IBA, and at numerous universities throughout the United States. In 2019 Dr. Veit presented over a dozen clinics at the Music for All Prairie State Band Festival. He was also the primary percussion adjudicator at the 70th annual Hong Kong School Music and Speech Association’s Festival in 2018. Dr. Veit is a founding member of Heartland Marimba Quartet, who were featured soloists at the 2018 Society of Composers Incorporated National Conference at the University of Puget Sound. Dr. Veit and the Heartland Marimba Quartet had the recent pleasure of premiering “The Principal of Vibration,” a large multi-movement work by composer Brett Dietz at the Indianapolis Historical Society.
Dr. Veit is a busy performer having toured several times for concerto appearances. He has performed with the Kansas Wesleyan University Symphonic Band and has been invited to perform with the North Central College Wind Ensemble in 2020. Dr. Veit and HMQ commissioned and premiered Paul Brice-Brenner’s “Concerto for Marimba Quartet and Band,” which was funded by a grant awarded by the Iowa Arts Council. They are also currently working with composer Kevin Romanski for a concerto for marimba quartet and orchestra, which will be premiered in May 2020 with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra.
As an avid proponent of new music, Dr. Veit has commissioned several works for solo percussion. “Grimoire” by Caleb Pickering is a solo for vibraphone and is a fast-paced and inspiring piece that allows the performer to display the fullest extent of their skill. Dr. Veit also specializes in finding gaps in the percussion repertoire, which led him to commission “Cerulean Tears,” a multiple percussion piece by female composer Dr. Jennifer Bellor of UNLV. This collaboration proved so successful that Dr. Bellor invited Dr. Veit to record her new vibraphone and marimba duet, “Time’s Arrest.”
Dr. Veit also has several original compositions published across many genres. His marimba quartet, “Nested,” was featured in a presentation on new works for high school percussionists at the 2018 Iowa Bandmasters Association Convention. His duo for baritone saxophone and percussion, “Flick,” was featured at the North American Saxophone Alliance’s Midwestern Regional Conference in 2015.
Dr. Veit earned degrees from the University of Delaware (B.M.), Texas A&M University-Commerce (M.M.), and The University of Iowa (D.M.A.). He is an artist and clinician for Innovative Percussion, Marimba One, and Beetle Percussion.