Andrew Gekoskie

Andrew Gekoskie

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Director of Instrumental Music/Music Director
Creative Arts Academy/ Orchestra X Project professional orchestra (two positions)

  Biography

In demand as a conductor, clinician, adjudicator and guest lecturer, Andrew Gekoskie is the Music Director of The Gardens Pops Orchestra and Artistic Director/Conductor of The Orchestra X Project - a professional chamber orchestra located in South Florida. He is the former Music Supervisor of the Angleton Independent School District in Angleton, Texas and Director of Bands at Langley HS in Fairfax County Virginia.

With nationally-recognized excellence as a band director, conductor and music educator, Mr. Gekoskie has been recognized by colleagues, students and leading professionals alike. He has been a guest on National Public Radio's "Desert Island Disks", featured in School Band and Orchestra Magazine, received the National Band Association “Citation of Excellence”, and has produced many successful educational concerts, clinics and events.

His bands have been selected as the featured high school concert band at the Music Educators National Conference Biennial National Convention, in Minneapolis, MN, The Western International Band Clinic in Seattle and twice featured and invited to perform at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, IN. In addition, Mr. Gekoskie’s ensembles have performed at Carnegie Hall in NYC, State Music Conventions, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, NYC, the Music Educators National Conference (NAFME) All-Eastern Division Conference in New York City, and throughout Europe as part of the “Mozart 250 Celebration”.

Mr. Gekoskie’s marching bands have also been recognized for outstanding and innovative, national-level quality. He directed the first ever Class A Marching Band to be named an overall champion of a Bands of America Regional, as well as securing the Bands of America 1996 Class A Grand National Championship. His marching bands have also won numerous other awards, honors and grand/state championships including FMBC State Champion; CMBC National Champion; The US Coast Guard Class A East Coast Champion three consecutive times; The Gator Bowl National Marching Band Champion; and as a finalist at the Fiesta Bowl National Marching Band Championship.

An active adjudicator, Mr. Gekoskie’s affiliations have included DCI, BOA, DCA as well as many independent and state contests throughout the United States.

A proponent of new music, Mr. Gekoskie was responsible for commissioning new wind ensemble literature totaling over 12 titles from composers and consortiums including Steven Bryant, John Mackey, Arturo Rodriguez, Richard Danielpour, Daniel Montoya. His most recognizable commission project is the piece entitled “Dusk” by Steven Bryant.

A Music Educator for over 32 years, Mr. Gekoskie seeks to share his love of music to all. Many of his students have successfully attended major music institutions throughout the US including The Juilliard School, The Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, The University of Michigan, to name a few.

A graduate of Susquehanna University, Mr. Gekoskie has continued his studies in conducting at the Juilliard School of Music, the Hartt School of Music, Butler University, Duquesne University, Boston University and Shenandoah Conservatory.

  Session Titles

Guest Conductor

Student

Invite a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician to conduct a rehearsal, honor band, or All-State Festival to engage your students and help your community reach new musical heights.


Strategies for Enhanced Communication from the Podium

Teacher

This clinic will provide strategies and techniques to enhance non-verbal communication within your rehearsals while also focusing upon rehearsal techniques and pacing of a rehearsal.


The Music Behind the Notes

Teacher

From score study, interpretation, and research to gesture development on the podium, this clinic will touch upon strategies and proven techniques to enhance each ensemble's performance while teaching the whole student which stimulates within, each student, an appreciation for beauty and the highest level of musical achievement.


The Repertoire IS the Curriculum

Teacher

Discussion of the selection of band or orchestral repertoire in a "Shakespeare verses Comic Books" mentality by exploring your ensemble's repertoire as it affects your students' musical development.