Andy Newbegin

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Faculty/Staff Title:  Director of Jazz Studies, Low Brass Instructor
Office/Department:  Department of Music
Degrees:  Doctor of Musical Arts, The University of Kansas (In progress) Master of Music, The University of Kansas Bachelor's of Music, The University of Minnesota

Andy Newbegin is a freelance trombonist, and also runs the Newbegin Brass Studio in Lawrence, Kansas.  Andy is also currently pursuing a D.M.A. at the University of Kansas where he is also the trombone teaching assistant.  Andy recently made the world premiere recording of Waren Benson's "Largo Tah" for bass trombone and marimba, which is set for international release in December 2015 on Mark Custom Recording, distributed by Naxos. Andy can also be heard on the University of Kansas Wind Ensembles CD’s Landscapes, and In the Shadow of No Towers, both on the Naxos label.  Andy performed the world premiere of In the Shadow of No Towers by Mohammed Fairouz with the KUWE at Carnegie hall, which the New York Times called “technically impressive, consistently imaginative, and deeply moving.”

Andy also has an active freelance career around Kansas City. Most recently he played in productions of Buddy!- The Buddy Holly Story, The King and I, and Trouble in Tahiti.  Andy can also be heard playing chamber music in a variety of settings around Kansas City, Lawrence, and Topeka.  Andy has also performed with the Topeka Symphony and was the bass trombonist of the Des Moines Symphony for the 2013-2014 season.  While in Minnesota, Andy performed with David Neumann's Advanced Beginner Group in their run of Feedforward in Minneapolis.

Andy currently studies with Dr. Michael Davidson at the University of Kansas.  He also holds a B.M. in Trombone Performance from the University of Minnesota, where he was a student of Tom Ashworth, and a M.M. from the University of Kansas.  While at Minnesota, Andy was a Lehnert’s Music Scholar.  His past teachers also include Todd Schendel and Joel Adams.

The Newbegin Brass Studio provides private music instruction to students in Lawrence, and the greater Kansas City area.  Andy’s students have had success as musicians in youth orchestras and bands, state solo and ensemble competitions, national marching competitions, and have been accepted to collegiate music programs.  Andy currently lives in Lawrence, Kansas with his wife Kristin, and his dog Bentley. 

Andy performs on a Shires Bass trombone with a Greigo mouthpiece.