High School Division Faculty
Summer Music Academy faculty consist of current Ithaca College faculty, top music educators from across the country, and renowned guest artists. Additional faculty and guest artists will be announced periodically.
|Andrew Perry, Wind Ensemble|
|Director of Bands, West Genesee High School; BM, SUNY Fredonia; MM, University of Colorado at Boulder|
Andrew Perry is a music teacher in the West Genesee Central School District located in Camillus, NY. Since 1987 he has been the high school wind ensemble and concert band director. Mr. Perry’s wind ensemble has performed to high acclaim at the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic, Bands of America National Concert Band Festival (twice), New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Winter Conference (four times, most recently in 2012), Music Educators National Conference (MENC) Eastern Conference (twice, most recently in 2009) and the New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA) State Symposium (three times, most recently 2005).
In addition Mr. Perry is the Artistic Director as well as Co-Conductor of the Central Winds, an adult band made up of music teachers from the Central New York region. They have appeared at the NYSSMA Winter Conference, the NYSBDA State Symposium and at the 2009 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Ill.
Over the last 26 years Mr. Perry has served as the marching band director, the assistant marching band director and currently as the brass coordinator for the West Genesee “Wildcat” Marching Band. During that time the Wildcat band has been the New York State Field Band Champion twenty times.
In addition to his conducting duties Mr. Perry teaches brass lessons in grades 6 thru 12 at West Genesee. He maintains a private lesson studio of french horn players and does guest conducting in the New York State area.
Mr. Perry is a graduate of West Genesee High School, the New York State University College at Fredonia and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Previous to his appointment to West Genesee, Mr. Perry taught elementary and middle school band for nine years in the Liverpool School District.
The New York State Band Directors Association has chosen to honor Mr. Perry’s contributions and career by awarding him the Richard Snook Outstanding Band Director Award this March of 2013. In 2010 Mr. Perry was awarded the Syracuse Symphony Annual Musicians Award for Outstanding Music Educators. Mr. Perry was also the receipient of the 2008 Camillus Optimist “Outstanding Teacher Award” for his efforts at West Genesee High School.