Andy Sutton

Andy S.

Valparaiso, IN

Lesson Details



Andy delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:
June 2011

Hello everyone! I am a drum teacher and performer from the Chicagoland/Northwest Indiana area and am new to I am a member of the Vic Firth Education Team, the Percussive Arts Society and the Jazz Education Network, and take my students very seriously. I have learned from many great musicians and top teachers including Tom Hipskind, Frank Donaldson, Ruben Alvarez, Chris Coleman, Peter Erskine, and several others. Above all, I want my students to have fun and I feel that I bring a unique approach to help any student grow into the musician they would like to be. Currently, I am teaching about 20 students a week, and gig out 3-5 times a week, but I am looking to expand my business. Any student under age 6 needs to have a free consultation/meeting to see how well they can hold interest through the full lesson.

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Drum Instructor
Jun 2014 - Present
Andy's Lessons

Book students and teach from my home studio

Head Drum Instructor
Aug 2011 - Present
Rubino's Music Center

Provide Drum Curriculum and advice to staff, teach 15 students privately a week.

Freelance Musician
Jun 2008 - Present
Andy Sutton

Backing up local and national artists and bands such as Liz Mandeville (Blues Hall of Fame), Bob Mandarino (Blues Hall of Fame), Jim Rubino (Owner, Rubino's Music Center), the Calumet Ridge Jazz Ensemble, and many more..


Contemporary Urban and Popular Music
Sep 2008 - Jun 2011
Columbia College Chicago
General Education
Aug 2004 - Jun 2008
Boone Grove High School


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Education Team Member
Jul 2014
Vic Firth


Louis Armstrong Jazz Award
Jun 2008
Boone Grove High School


Jazz Education Network
Feb 2015

JEN was formed in 2008 to help bring together the jazz arts community. It hosts an annual conference with concerts presented by students and professionals, a student jazz festival, workshops, research presentations and an exhibition area with manufacturers, retailers, schools and other jazz related organizations. JEN also offers many educational programs, from an outreach program, to mentoring and scholarships.

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Percussive Arts Society, The
Feb 2015

We offer students and professionals opportunities to grow artistically and professionally. Students can learn have a music industry experience through the PAS Internship program or apply to receive a PAS scholarship or grant. Professionals can create new percussion programs or gain recognition through PAS grants and contests. Many individuals have significantly impacted the world of percussion through the Percussive Arts Society and they are recognized in our Hall of Fame and Awards pages.

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Photos & Videos

Doing a clinic for Vic Firth at Emerson Performing Arts School!

Photo by Andy S.

Home Studio
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