Andrew Kopp


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Offering instruction in:
Piano • Saxophone • Oboe • Clarinet • Flute • Bassoon • Shakuhachi

Notable Training: Andrew attended St. Cloud State University and received a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in the disciplines of Music Theory, Composition, and Jazz. Professional Opus: Andrew is co-owner of A Kopp Music—Lessons & Studios, along with his wife Alicia. He has 25 years of professional experience performing and teaching privately. Andrew was an instructor at Jim Harm’s My Music Store in Golden Valley for 15 years. He’s studied the Japanese Shakuhachi flute independently for 20 + years and was privileged to have attended workshops and received private lessons with Double Grand Master, Ronnie Nyogetsu Seldin and Grand Master, Riley Lee. He has been a freelance musician playing with many Twin Cities’ big bands as well as the blues band, Armadillo Jump. He’s recorded with the Saint Cloud cover and parody group, Shake a Hamster Band, and traveled nationally with the 2001 NACA award-winning rock band Fade 2 Shade from 1998 to 2002.   Fade 2 Shade has opened for such notable bands as Naughty by Nature, Sister Hazel, and The Push Stars. The group was nominated in 2001 for Best Music Act, and Best New Emerging Artist by Campus Entertainment Awards. Andrew has performed on several albums, including Fade 2 Shade’s “Time Will Tell”, Shake A Hamster Band’s “Hamster Dance,” and Taboo Blue’s “Baby in the Bottom.” Additionally, Andrew participated in MTV’s Choose or Lose Tour with Chris Trapper and The Push Stars in 2000 and attended the Rag N Bone workshop in the Catskills with International Recording Artists, Gaelic Storm, in 2013.  He performed professionally at Valley Fair in 1998 and 2004 and has played with Taboo Blue, Moonlight Serenaders, Armadillo Jump, Good News Big Band, Classic Big Band, and with the Off-Broadway Musical Theater pit orchestra. Andrew is also a composer who has arranged and written original tunes for his jazz combo, TMI, as well as the Robbinsdale All District Band. For the Record: “I decided to become a musician at the age of 15. When I had opportunities to play in front of people while in high school, I didn’t want to do anything else. “My saxophone teaching style is based on Joseph Allard. Playing is everything to me, whether it’s classical, jazz, pop, rock, or metal. I am also influenced by a variety of international cultures, including Japanese, Indian, Latin, and African. I draw from a heavy music theory base, with a core foundation in music literacy first. In addition to being a saxophonist and woodwind doubler, I have an affection for world music. I have attended the Music Masters summer workshop with Gaelic Storm to study Irish Whistle, as well as the Kauai Shakuhachi Workshop in Hawaii with Grand Master Riley Lee.  “I’m inspired by a long list of musicians–John Williams, James Horner, Doc Severinsen, Pete Christlieb, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Jaco Pastorius, Michael Brecker, Gaelic Storm, Mary Bergin, Kohachiro Miyata, and Katsuya Yokoyama, to name just a few. “Creativity also inspires me. It can be as simple as fun word play with others, or as complex as a complete fantasy world. I love movies and books and stories, but I also love turning what people say into something unexpected. Anything that is out of the ordinary and not blasé.”

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