One of Andrew's notable achievements as a keyboard teacher and composer has been the creation of a genuine ensemble format for electronic keyboard players. KEYBAND! has been widely acclaimed, proving popular with students and audiences around the UK and beyond.
The first Keyband! groups were formed while Andrew was the Head of Keyboard for the Milton Keynes Music Service in the 1990s. This led to him forming a Premier Keyband! for the best players, which went on to perform in a number of towns in the UK and in the National Festival of Music for Youth, and in the MKMS Gala Concerts in the Milton Keynes Theatre.
KEYBAND! has been adopted as a model for keyboard ensemble work by many Schools and Local Authority Music Services across the UK. The concepts of Keyband! also particularly informed the development of ensemble music for keyboard players published by the ABRSM as part of its hugely successful Music Medals programme.
Since leaving the MKMS, Andrew has continued to support KEYBAND! and deliver training to other interested teachers and musicians.
In November 2011 Andrew visited Colorado at the invitation of Jodie Jensen. He delivered training sessions for teachers and was a clinician at the Junior Convention of the Colorado Federation of Music Clubs. Subsequently Andrew has visited Colorado a second time in 2013, and helped Jodie with Karen Bartlett set up a new organisation based on his materials. You can read more here: KEYBAND! USA
The original music Andrew composed for the MKMS Premier KEYBAND! is now available for FREE download from this site.