ANDREW T. WRIGHT
Director of Bands & Ensembles
Andy Wright received his Bachelors in Music Education from East Carolina University and a Masters in Percussion Performance from Northwestern University. He is an alumnus of the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. Andy has been a director at West Carteret High School in Morehead City, North Carolina since 2000. His responsibilities at West Carteret include directing the Marching Patriots, directing the Concert Band and Symphonic Band, as well as the program's Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Band, Jazz Combo and Percussion Ensemble. All ensembles at West Carteret under his direction have received consistent superior ratings. Andy is an active clinician for various honor ensembles and frequently judges marching, concert, and jazz events. Most recently, Andy was inducted into the prestigious American School Band Directors Association.
Under Mr. Wright’s direction, the marching band was nationally televised in the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade aired on the ABC Television Network. They also performed as an honor band in the North Carolina Governor’s Inaugural Parade that same year. During the 2010-2011 school year, the West Carteret High School Jazz Ensemble performed at the North Carolina Music Educators Professional Development Conference in Winston-Salem North Carolina. That same year, the Jazz Ensemble was the winner of the Essentially Ellington Regional Jazz Festival at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Andy has served as percussion instructor for the East Carolina University Summer Band Camp and the Bands of America Summer Symposium. He has also served the Eastern District Bandmasters as the first All-District Percussion Coordinator, served as the NCBA Eastern District Marching Band Committee Member, served as the NCMEA East Region Jazz Section Chair, and served as the NCMEA Jazz Section Chair for all of North Carolina.
He is a North Carolina native and resides in Morehead City with his wife Ashley and his sons, Jackson and Edison.