Andrew Clayden has enjoyed a wide variety of musical experiences during a career spanning nearly forty years. Originally from Salmon Arm BC, Andrew pursued musical studies at Douglas College, the University of British Columbia, and finally Northwestern University where he was awarded a Master of Music Performance degree.
Following his formal training, he spent one season as Co-Principal Trombone of the newly created “Experimental” Orchestra of Taiwan, and was appointed Trombone Professor at the National Arts University. This was followed immediately by an appointment to the Quebec Symphony as Second Trombone – a position Andrew held for twenty-one seasons from 1987-2008. He continued to teach as a trombone specialist in several high schools. In 1994 he was offered the position of Professor of Brass at the “Conservatoire de Musique de Rimouski,” followed two years later by a post at the “Conservatoire de Musique de Québec” as trombone professor. Eventually this post included coaching chamber music, and even teaching Tai Chi.
During the years in Taipei and Quebec City, Andrew pursued a wide variety of musical projects in addition to his orchestral duties, including early music (on sacbutt), dance bands, studio recordings, chamber music, large brass ensemble, solo performances, and jazz with the “Timononk Jazz Band.”
Since re-locating to Gabriola Island in July 2018, Andrew has performed at the Cultivate Festival on Gabriola, the Nanaimo Jazz Festival with the Nanaimo Musician’s Association Big Band, and soon with the Vancouver Island Symphony. Teaching has always been a large part of Andrew’s musical persona. Following grade 10 – and a second visit to the Courtenay Youth Music Centre – he was asked by his band director to teach younger trombone students. This activity continued throughout his university career at various institutions and secondary schools.
A particularly enriching experience of Andrew’s career was the opportunity to study psychology at Bishop’s University from 2010-13 culminating in a “Certificate in Human Psychology” in 2014. There, Andrew focused on applications of sport-, social-, and adolescent- psychology to training musicians. This experience has had a pivotal role in adapting Andrew’s approach to teaching musicians to produce their best.
Today Andrew is happy to be back on the West Coast in “Beautiful B.C.” and is eagerly looking forward to new projects. Recently he has re-kindled an interest in arranging music for brass instruments and now his compositions and arrangements are becoming available at musicforbrass.com.