From the minute Mandy picked up the saxophone for the first time at the age of 10, she knew that being a musician was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.
Throughout her high school career, she grew as musician and earned awards such as “Most improved Jazz Musician”, “The John Philip Sousa Award”, and a scholarship to the eight week session at the Interlochen International Music Camp the summer after my high school graduation.
She has 20 years of teaching experience and has taught band, music, and theatre classes to students of all ages from birth through adult. For the last 12 years, she owned a business called Concerto Music for which she started band programs at small private schools in the Chicagoland area and southern Wisconsin, who couldn’t afford to hire their own band directors. She also taught piano lessons. Before that she taught for other music education companies, and other private schools around the Chicagoland area.
She is a professional musician who has been performing for 20 years in orchestra pits and back up bands for various theatre groups. She has recently established a solo jazz act in which she performs jazz standards and occasionally other jazz styles on mostly alto and tenor saxophone, but occasionally clarinet and a couple of other instruments. The Suburban Jazz Ensemble was formed in 2014.
Besides solo performing, she also has composed renaissance music, saxophone quartets, and jazz standards and served as actor, director, and orchestra conductor for various local theatre groups.
Mandy received a BA. in Music with a Journalism minor from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.