Andrew Barlow (b. 1985) is a multi-faceted percussionist with over 15 years of teaching, composing and performance experience. He has been invited to perform on 3 continents, performed in Japan, South Korea, Canada, and all 48 continental states. Andrew has composed and arranged for over 70 scholastic ensembles and independent ensembles across North America. His areas of focus include, but are not limited to marching percussion, concert percussion, world percussion, drum set, musical theatre, orchestral music, studio recording, composing and management/administration.
“He isn’t just a percussionist, he’s an athlete.”– The Morning Call
As an artist, Andrew’s Broadway touring credits include roles as a Percussionist and the Percussion Manager for the Tony and Emmy Award winning Broadway show Blast! Off-Broadway credits include The Golem of Havana and Billy, Goat, Gruff the Musical. Andrew has performed and recorded with Madonna, Kevin Antunes, American Idol’s Kimberley Locke, Diamond Rio and legendary drum set artist Swiss Chris. In the Fall of 2020, he was blessed with the invitation to perform and conduct the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Percussion Ensemble at the PASIC showcase concert.
“From his creativity and musicianship, to his excellence as an educator, Zildjian is proud to have Andrew as part of our family of artists.”– Brian Stockard, Artist Relations Manager
Composition and arranging is a constant in Andrew’s career. His music has been performed internationally in Japan, Canada, and can be heard throughout scholastic percussion ensembles, universities, and within the Drum and Bugle Corps and Winter Guard International community. As an active member of the Percussive Arts Society, Andrew is a member of the PAS Composition Committee where he contributes original compositions to Rhythm! Scene, presents panel discussions at PASIC, and promotes the creation of new works and education for percussion composition.
“If the stars align for you, or your child, do not miss the opportunity to learn from a world-class percussionist, and a genuinely nice guy!”– Mary Lynn Alvarino, Parent of Former Student, Pennsylvania
Andrew holds degrees from Mars Hill University (BM), The University of Massachusetts at Amherst (MM) and is currently pursuing his Doctoral of Musical Arts at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (DMA). He is a member of The Percussive Arts Society and an artist for Zildjian Cymbals, Innovative Percussion Inc., Pearl/Adams Corporation and his works are published through Hylton Music Design and Barlow Percussion, LLC. Andrew currently resides in Greensboro, NC with his wife Melissa and their son Aiden.