About the Show
The Brass Junkies, hosted by former Boston Brass tuba player Andrew Hitz, features interviews with the best and brightest brass players in the world. Subject matter includes everything from the serious to the ridiculous, just like the music business.
Previous guests have included trumpeters Chris Martin and Tom Hooten, horn players Julie Landsman and Jeff Nelsen, trombonists Joe Alessi and John Lofton, euphonium players Hiram Diaz and Demondrae Thurman, and tuba players Sam Pilafian and Carol Jantsch.
About the Host
Andrew Hitz has appeared as a soloist, clinician and speaker in over 40 states and 30 countries including Japan, Brazil, Russia and Singapore. He is probably best known for the 14 years he spent touring the world as tuba player and co-owner of Boston Brass. Andrew has also performed with the National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Utah Symphony, Kennedy Center Honors Orchestra, U.S. Army Field Band, U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West, Imani Winds, T’Ang Quartet, Enso Quartet, Dallas Brass, Washington Symphonic Brass, Alarm Will Sound, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Lin Manuel Miranda, Denyce Graves, Renée Fleming, Trey Anastasio, Steve Gadd, Medeski, Martin & Wood and as a soloist with the U.S. Army Blues and the Marine Band of Mexico.
As an Educational Ambassador for Jupiter Band Instruments, Andrew has appeared all over the world as both a teacher and performer. He has presented at over 20 state music educator conferences and taught master classes at some of the finest music schools in the world including Juilliard, the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and the Royal Academy of Music in London. Andrew has also spoken about the music business and entrepreneurship at many colleges and universities including Northwestern University, Carnegie Mellon and the University of South Carolina, where he appeared as a thought leader specializing in marketing and social media at David Cutler's The Savvy Musician In Action Retreat.
Andrew hosts two podcasts through Pedal Note Media, his digital media company that provides podcasts, courses and live events to educate, entertain and inspire music teachers, players and fans. "The Brass Junkies" is a podcast interviewing the best brass players in the world on everything from the serious to the ridiculous, just like the music business. Previous guests have included Joe Alessi, Carol Jantsch and Tom Hooten. The other is "The Entrepreneurial Musician" which features interviews with some of the most successful people in the music business. Previous guests on TEM have included David Cutler of The Savvy Musician, Ranaan Meyer of Time for Three and Noa Kageyama of The Bulletproof Musician.
Andrew is also the author of "A Band Director's Guide To Everything Tuba: A Collection of Interviews with the Experts" which features interviews with Sam Pilafian, Pat Sheridan, Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser and others. The second volume, "A Band Director's Guide to Everything Trombone: A Collection of Interviews with the Experts", features interviews with Joe Alessi, Harry Watters, Ralph Sauer and others and is available now.
Andrew is proud to serve on the Board of Directors for the Mockingbird Foundation, a non-profit organization which has awarded over $1.9 million in grants to help bring music education to underserved populations.
Andrew is a graduate of Northwestern University where he studied with Rex Martin and was the Graduate Teaching Assistant for Sam Pilafian at Arizona State University. He has previously served on the faculties of Shenandoah Conservatory, George Mason University, Gettysburg College and Virginia Commonwealth University.
Andrew lives in the Washington, DC area with his son Nicholas, his dog Izabella, and his wife Tiffany, who he thinks is the best band director in the country. He is an avid sports fan, loves history, and has seen the band Phish in concert 215 times. No that is not a typo.