Andrew Baker has been involved in amateur bands for over thirty years,
and has played in and conducted bands at every level.
During this playing career
he played in some of the best concert halls in the UK under some of the
finest conductors, including Bramwell Tovey, Roy Newsome, Alan Morrison,
Philip Harper and Andrew Berryman.
He studied composition and conducting at the University of Nottingham
(where he was a founder member and one of the earliest conductors of
the University Wind Band) with further postgraduate study in Huddersfield,
and he continues to compose and arrange music on a regular basis. His
compositions have been performed and broadcast throughout the UK and further afield
by bands such as Cory, Fodens, Brighouse & Rastrick, Virtuosi GUS and Hammonds,
and renowned soloists such as Owen Farr, Gavin Pritchard and Sheona White
He now runs his own publishing and web design business, and lectures on composing and arranging at the University of Huddersfield.
Andrew currently lives on a narrowboat on the Huddersfield Broad Canal,
from where he can flee his creditors at speeds not exceeding 4mph."