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Andy Kruspe is a freelance percussion instructor and bodhrán player at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. He has performed with several groups throughout the southeastern United States, including Black Market Haggis, Mithril, David Coe and Friends, SlipJig, Candace Corrigan, the Liminal Duo, and 2nd Breakfast.

Andy is an active as a bodhrán teacher and clinician. He has taught at several workshops and clinics in the United States and Ireland, including The O’Flaherty’s Irish Music Retreat (Midlothian, Texas, USA), The Fiddle and Pick Irish Music Weekend (Pegram, Tennessee, USA), and Craiceann (Inis Oírr, Ireland). Andy has also written four method books for the drum- First Steps: A Beginner’s Guide to the Bodhrán, The Bodhrán Primer, Playing the Tune: Techniques for Accompanying Irish Traditional Music on the Bodhrán, and In Session + One (with Scottish bodhrán player Martin O’Neill).

Andrew instructs students online and in person and folks enjoy his teaching giving him wonderful reviews. Laurence from Liverpool, UK says, “Andy Kruspe is a teacher who, firstly, thoroughly knows his stuff and secondly, has the wherewithal to convey it skillfully and successfully to students. His preparation is meticulous, his presentation is methodical, clear and totally engaging – the marks of a really good teacher.”

Outside of his involvement with Irish traditional music, Andy is active as a percussion instructor at the high school and college level. He coordinates the front ensemble for the Sparkman High School. Marching Band and Indoor Drum Line and teaches adjunct at the University of North Alabama.

If you’re interested in learning how to play drums or just visit with Andrew Kruspe in his studio at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment on the first floor of our North building. Just follow the beat down the hall to Studio 1042.