Success Story: Andy Greenwood

Andy Greenwood is a freelance Trumpet / Flugelhorn player currently playing First Trumpet in the West End Musical Wicked. Andy started as a young trumpet player with Alan Tomlinson who was at that time Head of Brass with the Lancashire Music Service.

At the age of thirteen he joined the Lancashire Youth Jazz Orchestra (LYJO) where he remained for the next six years becoming one of the band’s finest Lead Trumpet players.  He was fortunate to study with the great Bobby Shew before spending 2 years working for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Andy joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, during this time he was asked to join the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, where he remained a member for six years.

Throughout his musical career he has worked with artists such as Al Jarreau, Chuck Findley, Wayne Bergeron, Bobby Shew, Jon Faddis, James Morrison, Bob Brookmeyer, Michael Gibbs, Bill Frisell, Eliane Elias, New York Voices, Conte Candoli, Buddy Childers, Bill Watrous, Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Maceo Parker, Westlife, Michael Buble, Shirley Bassey, Georgie Fame, George Michael, Robbie Williams and The Who. He has performed with many groups including The Metropole Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Big Band, Super C Big Band, Laurence Cottle Big Band, Steve Sidwell Big Band, BBC Big Band, Opera North, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonia and the Ronnie Scotts Big Band. West End shows include Wicked, Chicago, My One and Only, The Rat Pack, Saturday Night Fever, Guys and Dolls, Ray Charles, The Producers and Sinatra.

Andy is one of this country’s top session trumpet players but he always remembers those early days in Colne as a young player with the Music Service.