Andy Wright

Andy Wright's Biography

Andy Wright serves on the faculty of Grayson College in Denison, TX, where he conducts the band and offers saxophone lessons. Prior to this appointment, he maintained a studio of over 50 students in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. These students often earned positions in the All-State and All-Region Bands along with positions in local ensembles such as the Lone Star Youth Orchestra and the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Wind Symphony. Additionally, his students have been semi-finalists for competitions at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference.

As a saxophonist based out of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Dr. Wright has been guest soloist with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Grayson College Concert Band and the University of North Texas Symphonic Band. He has appeared with various ensembles, most notably the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, the North Texas Wind Symphony, the Plano Symphony Orchestra, Odysseus Chamber Orchestra and the Les Elgart Orchestra. Along with numerous solo recitals, Dr. Wright has performed and presented lectures at various North American Saxophone Alliance conferences and World Saxophone Congresses. He can be heard as a featured soloist on multiple recordings from the North Texas Wind Symphony including Canvases, Composer's Collection: George Gershwin, Reconstructions and Conclave. He has shared the stage with Ray Charles, Chris Vadala, Steve Houghton, Marc Nuccio and Andy Martin.

Dr. Wright received his doctorate degree in saxophone performance from the University of North Texas studying with Eric Nestler. He holds a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the world-renown jazz program at the University of North Texas, studying with Jim Riggs, along with a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Central Arkansas under the tutelage of Jackie Lamar.

Andy Wright is a Yamaha Performing Artist and plays Yamaha instruments exclusively.

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