Raised in Glendale, AZ, Andrew Smith’s path into music started at an early age. Initially starting out on piano and violin, his first experiences with music were next to the piano where his mother taught students regularly and prepared music for weekly church services. By age 7, the trumpet found its way into his life through the Dixieland sounds of the Disney street bands in Anaheim, CA. On his 8th birthday a cornet was given to him and no long after he was on stage performing by age 9. By age 15, Andrew was performing solo trumpet for weddings and springtime gigs as a herald trumpet player at the local Renaissance Festival.
In 2002, Andrew attended the University of Arizona on multiple music scholarships. During his time in college, Andrew made an effort to study with as many teachers as possible. This led to him being a part of the Disney All-American College Band in 2004 where he studied with Wayne Bergeron and took part in clinics with some of the top call musicians in the industry. This experience led Andrew to leave school the following year in 2005 and hit the ground running with the national tour of “Blast!” as one of their principal roles and jazz trumpet soloist.
During his time with Blast, Andrew taught and performed in every state in the US and Japan. He also began working for various cruise ship companies and other touring shows in his off time with Blast. It was during this time that he grew his performance experience further in the R&B, Rock, Pop, Funk, Gospel, and World styles, along with producing and arranging for numerous projects within those genres.
In 2010, Andrew moved to Australia and immediately started performing regularly within the Brisbane music scene. Through these relationships, he performed several tours with “The Little River Band”, The Australian Rat Pack, Australian Rock Legends Tour, and many others. Andrew also maintained and active trumpet studio during his time in Brisbane and was on the fine arts staff at John Paul College.
Later on, Andrew went on to further is education in the Audio Engineering arts at CRAS in his hometown of Phoenix, AZ. It was through this experience that Andrew found electronic music and began his exploration with the different sonic possibilities on the trumpet. During this time Andrew became one of the first call musicians in town for horn section work. In 2014, he joined Ringling Brothers Circus as their lead trumpet on the “Built to Amaze” tour. It was through this experience that Andrew found his way back into the touring circuit.
Currently, Andrew is based out of New York, New York and is touring with the national tour of Kinky Boots. His performance credits include the Temptations, Kurt Elling, Kirk Whalum, Dave Koz, John Clayton, Wayne Bergeron, The Four Tops, Rick Baptist, Frank Stallone Band, Heatwave, and many shows as a pit musician.