Mr. Andrew Shelton, director of bands


  • M.M. in Music Education and Trombone Pedagogy, Columbus State University, 2010
  • B.M. in Music Performance, Mars Hill College, 2007


Andrew is a native of Weaverville, NC. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance in the spring of 2007 from Mars Hill College.  He received a Master’s Degree in Music Education and Trombone Pedagogy from Columbus State University in Georgia in 2010.  Andrew also studied at the New England Conservatory and Aspen School of Music. His teachers include Dr. James Sparrow, Dr. Bradley Palmer and Dr. Per Brevig of the Julliard School.  Andrew is the 2016 recipient of the NC Bandmasters Western District Award of Excellence and the American School Band Directors Association (ASBDA) Ed Rooker Award.

As a trombonist, Andrew has performed with the Asheville Symphony, Aspen Festival Orchestra, and was full time second trombonist with the LaGrange Symphony from 2008-2010. Andrew has recorded with the Summit Brass, Southeastern Trombone Symposium Professors Choir and the Columbus State University Wind Ensemble.  He also has recorded with such names as Phil Smith, principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic, Chris Martin, principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony, Larry Zalkind, Principal Trombone of the Utah Symphony, Robert Sullivan, Principal Trumpet of the Cincinnati Symphony and many others. A month after graduation from Mars Hill College, Andrew won first prize in the 2007 International Trombone Association Larry Wiehe Competition in Las Vegas.

As an educator, Andrew has worked at several schools throughout Western North Carolina.  He served as interim strings director at North Buncombe Middle School, Director at Erwin Middle School and most recently Director of Bands at North Buncombe High School.  While at North Buncombe High, the program had many great honors thanks to the hard work of great students and parents. The Blackhawk Band had the honor of representing the state and the USS North Carolina for the first time ever at the 2014 Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Honolulu, Hawaii.  The Marching Blackhawks had great success through the years, competing in BOA and US Bands events as well as being named grand champion at several competitions throughout the Southeast. 

The North Buncombe concert program kept a central role in the development of young musicians. The Wind Ensemble has received straight superior ratings at MPA since it was enacted in 2007.  In 2017 the Wind Ensemble had the honor of performing at the President's Cup Concert Band Invitational in Washington, D.C, hosted by the US Army Band-Pershing's Own. 

A special part of the program at North Buncombe was the Jazz Bands.  Since the inception of the NCMEA Jazz Section, students from North Buncombe have participated at both the region and state level consistently.  They also had students participate in both the All-National and Grammy Foundation Jazz Bands.  Blackhawk Jazz Bands have performed twice at NCMEA annual conference. 

While at North Buncombe students have participated in All-County, All-District, All-State and All-National Concert Bands; All-Region, All-State and All-National Jazz Bands; All-Region, All-State and All-National Orchestras; Carnegie Hall International Youth Concert Band; Grammy Foundation Jazz Band; US Army All-American Marching Band.

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