(1958 - )
Andy Hampton (b. 8th May, 1958) studied clarinet with David Campbell and saxophone with Jimmy Hastings and won Best Music at the National Student Drama Festival in 1981. He appeared in the West End in Lennon in the mid-'80s. Andy played sax with the John B Spencer Band through the 80s, touring Europe and recording albums along the way. In the 90s he played with function band L'Orchestra Rara, later known as High Society, who played mostly in Central London Hotels.
Andy taught Clarinet and Saxophone at The Hall School and King Alfred School from 1988 to 1993 before becoming Head of Music at King Alfred from 1993 to 2003. He is proud to have taught many fine musicians: Oli Rockberger (Best Jazz combo at Music for Youth 1996), Anna Krantz (toured supporting Will Young), Lail Arad and Alana Philips. During the 1990s Andy wrote music for Sky TV, Screensport, ITV (Granada), BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2.
A career move took him to Nottingham for four years where he joined the Nottingham Concert Band before moving South to Essex where he now lives and works. Andy has written numerous books for young and old saxophone and clarinet players including Saxophone Basics, Groove Lab, Jazzworks and Unbeaten Tracks; all published by Faber Music. He has had many pieces selected on the ABRSM and Trinity/Guildhall Syllabi for Saxophone, Flute and Clarinet both classical and Jazz. Andy currently plays lead Alto Saxophone and writes for the Melvin Beddow Big Band.