Having been described as an “apt performer,” by music critic Dr. Jennifer Iverson, Andrew Veit (b. 1987) is a freelancing percussionist, educator, and composer in the Chicago area cultivating a private studio. He serves as the Director of Percussion Studies at Naperville North High School and William Fremd High School, and is a highly sought after clinician having led educational seminars in New Jersey, Delaware, Indiana, Texas, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Utah, and Ohio. In 2016, he earned a DMA from the University of Iowa, and also holds an MM from Texas A&M University – Commerce and a BA in music education from the University of Delaware. During his career Andrew has studied with many uniquely creative artists including Dr. Daniel Moore, Dr. Brian Zator, Jim Ancona, Orlando Cotto, Dr. Ted Hansen, and Leigh Howard Stevens.
Andrew also holds the position of Director of Percussion studies at the Lutheran Summer Music Academy, and has performed several times as a soloist on the LSM recital series. He performs yearly with multiple LSM faculty chamber groups including the Movére Woodwind Quintet, the Pretorius Brass Quintet, and also appeared as a soloist with the LSM Jazz Band. In 2016, Andrew had the honor of performing with a special group on the LSM recital series, the Heartland Marimba Festival touring ensemble.
Since 2015, Andrew has severed as the Vice-President of the Heartland Marimba Festival, and has cultivated the organization’s growth through several strategies including his educational involvement during the festival’s yearly academy. There, he coaches chamber groups and individual lessons, and has appeared as a soloist on the HMF’s summer recital series. Andrew also publishes his own original compositions through the HMF’s publications.
In 2016, Andrew joined Clocks in Motion, a professional percussion quartet located in Madison, WI. The group has premiered many leading contemporary percussion ensemble works including Alex Orfaly’s Fôr Marimba, and Marc Mellits’ Gravity. Andrew has performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention three times with the Texas A&M University – Commerce Percussion Ensemble and the groundbreaking mixed world percussion group, University of Iowa East-West Percussion Ensemble.
Andrew was a member of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps and the Rhythm X Indoor Percussion Ensemble. He was also a staff member of the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps and the Penn State University Indoor Drumline, and has written for and instructed the University of Iowa Drumline and the Texas A&M University - Commerce front ensemble. Andrew can be heard on the Texas A&M University – Commerce’s album Epic Proportions, and has served on the PAS Marching Committee since 2014. Andrew is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets, Marimba One Marimbas, and Beetle Percussion Accessories.