Andy was born in 1963 and he grew up in Northern Ireland. Some of his first musical experiences were with the Lurgan Military Band on clarinet and saxophone where he had to learn to march and play simultaneously (recommended to any budding player). The original career was to be engineering but inability to study and pass exams gave him few options but music. He successfully auditioned on clarinet for Birmingham School of Music where he studied clarinet with Ruth McDowell and saxophone with Jan Steele. He joined Saxtet while still at music college and over the past nearly 20 years it has become one the UK's leading saxophone groups performing their own compositions and arrangements.