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Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson

Band Director, Math Teacher

athompson@fenwickfriars.com

Courses Taught:

Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Algebra 1

Other Responsibilities:

Directs the Pep Band (football & basketball games), Coordinates Orchestra Pit for the Spring Musical

Background:

Mr. Andrew Thompson was born and raised in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon. He pursued his undergraduate at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where earned the distinction of Outstanding Senior in the College of Fine Arts from his graduating class. Upon graduation, Mr. Thompson spent two years working as a full-time freelance trombonist: first as a Musical Director and trombonist for Carnival Cruise Lines, and later for the US tour of the musical revue “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” a tribute to the life and work of Ray Charles. He was also a finalist in the 2006 Larry Wiehe Solo Competition at the 2006 International Trombone Festival.

After his time on the road, Mr. Thompson returned to Tucson for two more years, where he worked as a band director and fine arts teacher at Doolen Middle School. In 2009, he moved to Chicago to pursue a master’s degree in Jazz Studies at DePaul University. Half way through his time at DePaul, one of his professors recommended him to teach the Jazz Band at Fenwick, which was then an extra-curricular activity. Upon his graduation from DePaul, there luckily happened to be a full-time band director opening at Fenwick, and he’s been at Fenwick ever since. Since then, he has gone back to school himself, taking mathematics classes through the University of Illinois’ NetMath program. Also an arranger and composer, Mr. Thompson wrote music that has been accepted for publication by the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Press.

Family:

Mr. Thompson is married to South African soprano Henriët Fourie Thompson, who is an active freelance musician in the vibrant Chicago music scene. They live in North Riverside with their two sons: Jurgen (3 years old) and Cornelius (1 year old).

Other Interests:

Mr. Thompson is a part-time freelance trombonist in the awesome Chicago music scene. On the nights and weekends, you might hear him playing with a regional orchestra, in a wedding band, or at a jazz club. He also enjoys reading interesting things, and spending as much time as possible with his two sons, Jurgen and Cornelius.

Fun Fact:

Mr. Thompson speaks Afrikaans, his wife’s native language. They are raising their sons to be bi-lingual.

Education:

Bachelor of Music Education and Music Performance, University of Arizona (2005)

Master of Music (Jazz Studies), DePaul University (2011)

Mathematics Coursework, University of Illinois NetMath Program (2012)

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