Mr. Patrick Dandrea, assistant director of bands at AVHS, co-directs three concert bands as well as directing Jazz B and teaching AP Music Theory. He serves as the assistant director of the marching band, as well as the winter percussion and winter guard ensembles. Mr. Dandrea is a Massachusetts native who moved to the Bay Area in 2015 after living and teaching in the Boston area for the 10 years.
During his time in Massachusetts, Mr. Dandrea taught the middle school and high school concert bands, jazz and chamber ensembles, as well as AP Theory in the Weston Public Schools. During which time, he also served on the MMEA Eastern District board as the Senior Festival Coordinator in addition to the MMEA state board as the High School Representative. He also served as the orchestra manager for the five orchestra ensembles and overall program of the Rivers Youth Orchestra.
Mr. Dandrea received his bachelor’s degree in music education with an emphasis on saxophone performance at the College of Fine Arts at Boston University. While finishing his degree, he was awarded the inaugural Promising Future Music Educator award by MMEA. He completed his master’s degree in music education at The Boston Conservatory, studying conducting with Mr. Eric Hewitt. As a performer, Mr. Dandrea is an active saxophone and woodwind player performing jazz and theatre gigs in the area.