Position: Adjunct Associate Professor, Music, Tuba and Euphonium
Location: Armstrong Hall, Room 18-A
Employed Since: 2018
B.M., Northwestern University
Fields of Expertise:
- Low Brass
- Chamber Music
Andrew Hitz is an internationally renowned soloist, clinician and speaker having appeared in over 40 states and 30 countries including Japan, Brazil, Russia and Singapore. In 2014, he ended a 14-year tenure as the tuba player for Boston Brass. Andrew has also appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound and as a soloist with the Marine Band of Mexico.
As an Educational Ambassador for Jupiter Band Instruments, Andrew Hitz has appeared all over the world as both a teacher and performer. He has presented at over 20 state music educator conferences and had the privilege of teaching masterclasses at some of the finest music schools in the world including Juilliard, the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore. Hitz 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.
In addition to having written several books, Hitz also hosts two podcasts through his digital media company, Pedal Note Media. The Brass Junkies features interviews with the best brass players in the world including Joe Alessi, Carol Jantsch and Ryan Anthony. The Entrepreneurial Musician is conversations with some of the most successful women and men in the music business about their journeys through the music business and the lessons they’ve learned along the way.
“Here’s the truth you have to wrestle with: the reason that art (writing, engaging, leading, all of it) is valuable is precisely why I can’t tell you how to do it. If there were a map, there’d be no art, because art is the act of navigating without a map. Don’t you hate that? I love that there’s no map.” – Seth Godin
Andrew Hitz is proud to serve on the Board of Directors for the Mockingbird Foundation, a nonprofit organization which has awarded over $1.2 million in grants to help bring music education to underserved populations. He lives 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 188 times. No that is not a typo.