Biography

Andy Larson was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1983. He is currently completing a DMA in Tuba Performance with a minor in Experimental Music and Digital Music at Louisiana State University. He holds degrees in Tuba Performance from LSU (BM 2005) and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (MM 2007). Andy’s primary teachers include Dr. Joseph Skillen, Marty Erickson, Brian McWhorter, and Greg Flint.

From 2007-2010, Andy was Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA. Andy’s teaching experience stems from a teaching assistant position at UWM, a position he currently holds at LSU. He also taught in a substitute capacity at Lawrence Conservatory in Appleton, WI. Andy’s former students have successfully entered graduate school, won positions with orchestras and military bands, begun careers teaching high school band, and won regional and national competitions.

As a performer, Andy has performed throughout the southeast and is in demand as a soloist and clinician. He has also won or placed at numerous regional, national, and international conferences. Most notably, he took first place in the Leonard Falcone International Tuba and Euphonium Competition in August 2011 and took third place in the International Tuba Euphonium Conference Artist Division Solo Competition in May 2010. Andy was a busy guy in 2012. In January, he presented a solo recital at the U.S. Army Band International Tuba Euphonium Workshop in Washington, D.C. In June and July, he traveled to Austria to present a world premiere work for two tubas and a digital instrument called GUA at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference in Linz, Austria. Then, in November, he traveled to Italy to participate in a solo competition there.

Andy lives in Baton Rouge with his blonde dog Sonya. He is also involved in the local cycling community. Specific cycling interests include bike polo and spearheading the organization of the Velo Louisiane Bicycle Festival.

[As a small aside, it was sometime in the early fall of 2005 (during his time at UW-M) that Andy created an email address for himself as a motivational tool: thetubamonster@gmail.com. Ever since then, it has been something he has tried to live up to: to be a tuba monster: a consistent and great performer, teacher, scholar, overall musician, and human being. From there, it became a part of his persona, hence the domain name for his website!]