Andrew Neldon’s diverse experience performing in traditional and multicultural ensembles along with a variety of teaching opportunities has helped him become a well-respected musician and educator today. His knowledge and skill with steel drums is a prominent aspect of his musical background and career. Andrew has performed nationally with noteworthy pannists, Ellie Mannette,Andy Narell, Jeff Narell, Robert Greenridge, Ray Holman, Tom Miller, Victor Provost, with the Eastern Kentucky University, West Virginia University, andMiami University Steel Bands, and currently with his own groups, The Pan Association and Pan Nation in Denver, Colorado.
Andrew is a native of Morgantown, WV, where he earned Bachelor’s (2009) and Master’s (2011) degrees in Music Education from West Virginia University. During his studies, he focused on the pedagogy and performance of classical and ethnic percussion instruments such as, Marimba, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Timpani, Snare Drum, Drumset, Taiko Drums, Steel Drums, hand drums, and many others. He performed with the WVU Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Marching Band, Big Band, Steel Band, along with the Taiko, MIDI, African Drum and Dance, and Percussion Ensembles. Andrew also taught the Steel Band and Percussion Ensemble as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. He taught and arranged steel band music for the Wheeling Park and Wheeling Middle School steel bands, located in Wheeling, West Virginia, during his student teaching internship. Andrew has taught high school and middle school drumlines, percussion ensembles, concert bands, jazz ensembles, and was the percussion director at the CAMP and Career’s summer arts camp in Marathon, Florida in 2010.
Andrew currently resides in Denver, Colorado where he is an active performer, teaches private music lessons, substitute teaches at the Denver Music Institute, and composes and publishes original modern steel drum music. His steel drum compositions can be purchased through Pan Ramajay Productionsat www.panramajay.com.