Andrew Giska

Andrew G.

Parkville, MD
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Andrew delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
August 2015

Hello and welcome to my studio!

I have been playing trumpet ever since I was a young elementary schooler and I began teaching private lessons in 2015.

When we start lessons, I will begin with breathing exercises as we need air to play trumpet. We will then work on developing a proper embouchure and making a nice sound. Later we will get to the more difficult parts of trumpet playing like flexibility, dexterity, and articulations.

I'm glad you have decided to take trumpet lessons and look forward to helping you make great music! Let's get started!

Experience

2nd Trumpet
Jul 2018 - Present
Reisterstown Jazz Ensemble

We are a professional Jazz Big Band that performs a variety of jazz standards ranging from Ellington up through the late Doc Severinsen!

Teaching Assistant
Jun 2018 - Present
Calvert Hall College Highschool Band

I was asked by my high school band director to assist with their summer marching band sectionals as well as band camp and couldn't say no! I helped students learn music, drill, and artistic effects to make a phenomenal show that ended up winning the states and nationals competitions, while beating a personal record and obtaining a score of over 97! I look forward to being around such great musicians for the years to come!

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Rock Trumpeter
Apr 2018 - Present
The Upstarters

We are a rock/funk/ska group that performs in the Baltimore/DC/Pennsylvania//Virginia areas. Crowds tend to love hearing us perform and consistently want encores!

Utility Trumpeter
Jan 2018 - Present
Hunt Valley Wind Ensemble

We are a full sized wind ensemble that performs a wide repertoire of classical music from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries!

Church Musician
Jun 2017 - Present
St. Clements Church

I perform with the St. Clements Worship band every Sunday. What better way to show your love for music than at your local church?

Lead/Solo Trumpet
Jan 2018 - Oct 2018
Hunt Valley Jazz Ensemble

A full sized big band that focused on music from the swing era up through the funk/rock eras!

1st Chair Trumpeter
Jan 2018 - Oct 2018
Hunt Valley Brass Ensemble

A septet that performed throughout the Baltimore area in which I performed pieces ranging from the 15th through 20th centuries!

Marching Band Section Leader
Aug 2015 - Dec 2017
Temple Unversity

I led sectionals for a 40+ member trumpet section, and breathing/warmup routines for a 200+ member band. I also worked with members individually, much like you would have a private lesson with me!

Sales Associate
Aug 2012 - Nov 2012
Music and Arts

I worked closely with parents to make sure they got the best rental instrument, maintenance supplies, and any materials to help foster musical growth for their child!

Education

Music Minor, Jazz Performance Concentration
Aug 2013 - Dec 2017
Temple University
Bachelors of Business
Aug 2013 - Dec 2017
Temple University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Diamond Key Award
May 2018
Temple University Diamond Bands
The Charles C. Freitag Award
May 2013
Calvert Hall College
Louis Armstrong Jazz Award
May 2013
Calvert Hall College
The John Philip Sousa Band Award
May 2013
Calvert Hall College
Temple University Duke Ellington Festival Honorable Mention
Mar 2013
Temple University
Duke Ellington Festival Honorable Mention Award for Best Solo
Mar 2013
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Affiliations

National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Feb 2015

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is an honors organization that recognizes and elevates high achievers. NSCS provides career and graduate school connections, leadership and service opportunities and gives out a million dollars in scholarships annually. NSCS members are deeply committed to scholarship, leadership and service and as a result, are impacting their campus and local communities every day.

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National Honors Society
Oct 2010

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

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Photos & Videos

Introduction to me as a teacher!
Video of me leading the band through breathing fundamentals during warmups for the Boca Raton Bowl
View with the Temple Band at the Boca Raton Bowl

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Me performing Echoes of Harlem during my senior year of high school. Terell Stafford is standing to the right at the 53 second mark!
Not everyone can say they got to meet Doc Severinsen at ITG!

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Performing during a half time show at Lincoln Financial Field

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Performing with one of Temple University's jazz bands on lead trumpet

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The Temple University Marching Band Trumpet Section

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Performing at my local church for my grandparents renewal of their wedding vows
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11 Reviews

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Christa Jan 4, 2019
Trumpet · In home

My son has been taking trumpet lessons in our home with Andrew for several months and it has been fantastic. First of all, Andrew is always on time and ready to go and he communicates all the small details very well. Second, he is a great trumpet player and teacher. Andrew helps my son work on all aspects of the trumpet and he has really improved his overall understanding of the instrument. My son has been playing the trumpet for 7 years and he is still learning new techniques from Andrew. Finally, Andrew provides written notes and/or a follow up email with instructions for my son to work on before the next lesson. I really enjoy listening to their lesson. I would definitely recommend Andrew for trumpet lessons!

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PJ Jan 3, 2019
Trumpet · In studio

PJ said his first lesson was great and how to focus on air

Casimir Nov 30, 2018
Trumpet · In studio

Week after week, Andrew always finds ways to deepen my knowledge of the trumpet and my own playing! Andrew is an incredible player as well as an incredible teacher, and his lessons make me realize concepts about the trumpet that I could have never even imagined! My playing has improved tremendously since I began taking lessons with him, and his lessons enable the learner to develop an awareness of the instrument as well as their own physicality while playing. Furthermore, Andrew takes great care to adjust each lesson in a way that is applicable and makes sense to each student he teaches. Knowing someone with such a passion for playing the trumpet and the fact the he loves to share that passion with others motivates me to improve and love the music that I play personally. Incredible experience!

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Mike Jul 16, 2018
Trumpet · In studio

First lesson exceeded my expectations. Andrew quickly and accurately sized up my status and began instruction that was easy to understand. He worked with me on techniques that resulted in me going from no “music” to my first set of scales. Andrew’s zeal to teach was very evident. I am very pleased.

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Peter Jan 14, 2018
Trumpet · In studio

Andrew is one of the most helpful and genuine instructor I have ever experienced, in my 12 years of playing the trumpet. He not only has helped me develop better, but he helped me understand rhythms and articulations. Additionally, he provides various techniques and exercises that stretch beyond just the instrument itself. Overall, the effort that he puts into his work shows how special of a teacher this man is.

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Nathan Jan 10, 2018
Trumpet · In studio

Andrew Giska is very helpful when it comes to trumpet. He has a good knowledge of the trumpet and how to play. In a group setting, or even individual, he can locate a specific part in the music where people are struggling and can help fix the problem. Andrew is very reliable as he is very willing to meet with you and make you a better trumpet player. Overall, Andrew Giska is a recommended trumpet teacher as he is very good at what he does.

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Katie Jan 9, 2018
Trumpet · In studio

Andrew was one of my section leaders for the trumpet section in the Temple University Diamond Marching Band his senior year, and he definitely was an excellent one. Not only is he a very talented trumpet player, but he was very reliable and answered all the questions I or anyone else in the section had in an efficient and timely manner. Overall, Andrew would be a great teacher as he is very helpful and is good at what he does.

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Randy Longwill Jan 9, 2018
Trumpet · In studio

Andrew and I have been friends since my first semester in college. He and I are both Jazz trumpet players, so I was able to make a great connection with him from the start. Andrew is an amazing trumpet player and has knowledge in many different subjects like use of air, range, and lip injury recovery. I have played with Andrew for four years in the Temple Diamond Marching Band and have worked with him as a co-section leader of the trumpet section for two years. I know first hand that Andrew is a great player and a great Teacher! I would recommend him as a teacher to students in a heartbeat and I know that you will not be disappointed with him for trumpet lessons.

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Jenique Jan 8, 2018
Trumpet · In studio

Andrew has shared his knowledge of not only trumpet playing, but also other techniques that I can use to improve my overall musicianship. He shares this knowledge openly and provides reassurance. He has taught me breathing techniques that allow me to use more air. He also taught me how to be more direct with my air. He is an amazing teacher and his low stress demeanor made it easy for me to learn from mistakes without getting overwhelmed.

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Olivia Jan 8, 2018
Trumpet · In studio

Andrew Giska is an immensely knowledgeable instructor with the education and drive to support him. With being extremely experienced, Andrew is someone who can aid a wide range of subjects, from just starting out to experienced trumpeters. Additionally, Andrew is personable and kind, and will never say anything negative to his students. He is nothing but encouraging, and his talent with the trumpet shows that his students are in the right hands. I would recommend Andrew to anyone trying to improve their playing techniques because he is educated, talented, and humble.

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Zach Eisengrein Jan 6, 2018
· In studio

Andrew has been a great help to my trumpet playing since the day we met. Taking his experiences and applying them to his individual students’ are not only what helped me the most, but also inspired me to be the best trumpet player I can be and continue reaching for greater heights. Great teacher, great friend!

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