Philip Andrews, Musician & Educator
Philip Andrews is a percussionist, steel pan artist, drummer, and educator based in Worcester, Massachusetts. He has been playing and teaching professionally for over fifteen years.
Since 2009, Philip has been actively gigging in a variety of musical genres. He is often called upon to play percussion, drum kit, and timpani for local symphonies in MA and CT. Phil can also be seen playing drum kit and percussion for several musical theater productions per year.
In addition, Philip has developed a love and passion for all things steel drum related. He started playing pan back in 2003 while attending the Hartt School. Since 2012, he has been playing the steel pans for the nationally acclaimed Jimmy Buffett tribute show, Changes In Latitudes. (www.changesinlatitudes.com) With this band, Philip performs for audiences all across the Northeast and beyond, bringing Buffett's tropical rock sounds to events all over the country. Philip is also the founder, manager, and main steel drummer for his own group, Steel Accent. (www.steelaccent.com) Founded in 2009, Steel Accent is a group dedicated to bringing the sounds of the steel pan to events all across New England. With this group, Philip has performed for countless cocktail hours, wedding ceremonies, parties, concerts, and corporate events in MA, RI, CT, NH, VT, and Cape Cod and the Islands.
As an educator, Philip enjoys sharing his passion for music with students of all ages and backgrounds. He offers private lessons on drum kit, percussion, and steel drums. Phil's goal is to develop a fundamental understanding and enjoyment of music with his students. As someone who was turned on to music at a young age through piano lessons, drum lessons, school bands, and extra curricular performing groups, Philip believes that music education is absolutely necessary today, whether it is for casual enjoyment or more serious studies.
Philip has earned a M.M in Percussion Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music, and a B.M in Percussion Performance from The Hartt School, where he was a recipient of the Alexander Lepak Memorial Scholarship. His main teachers include Benjamin Toth, James Culley, and Pieter Struyk. He has also studied various other aspects of contemporary, jazz, and ethnic percussion with Russell Burge, Allen Otte, Alexander Lepak, Rogerio Boccato, Shane Shanahan, Dave Samuels, and Joe Galeota.