Andrew Friedrichs (DMA & MM University of Miami; BM Eastman School of Music) maintains an active professional life as a composer, arranger, and trombonist in Colorado Springs. As Associate Music Director at Village Seven Presbyterian Church, Andrew regularly composes and arranges for the church’s many musical ensembles including orchestra, praise band, and choir. His catalog of works includes pieces for orchestra, wind ensemble, choir, jazz ensemble, and film as well as for chamber ensemble, solo works, and original songs. His compositional style is a colorful blend of various elements from the classical, jazz and contemporary idioms. His compositions and arrangements have premiered internationally and have been recorded and performed by the U.S. Air Force Academy Band, the Frost Wind Ensemble, the Frost Concert Jazz Band, the Frost Trombone Choir, and chamber ensembles from the University of Miami and the Eastman School of Music. His wind ensemble work, “Spark,” was the winning composition for the 2021 New Horizons International Music Association Composition Competition. An accomplished trombonist, Andrew has won professional auditions for both the U.S. Army “Pershing’s Own” Ceremonial Band and the Air Force “Heritage Band of America.” He is a previous member of the Florida Grand Opera and the Palm Beach Symphony and has subbed with orchestras throughout Florida and Colorado. His doctoral paper entitled “Suggestions for Incorporating Entrepreneurship Education in the Classical Brass Performance Studio” offers guidelines for adopting entrepreneurship education best practices in the music education realm. Andrew teaches music at the Colorado Springs Conservatory and the Pikes Peak Community College and enjoys family life with his wife, Nina, son, Jackson, and dog, Wally.