In demand as a conductor, clinician, adjudicator and guest lecturer, Andrew Gekoskie is the Director of Bands at Jupiter HS, Music Director of the Gardens Pops Orchestra, Artistic Director/Conductor of The Orchestra X Project a professional chamber orchestra located in Northern Virginia, and the former Music Supervisor of the Angleton Independent School District in Angleton, Texas. With nationally-recognized excellence as a band director, conductor and music educator, Mr. Gekoskie most recently held the position of Director of Bands at Langley HS in McLean, Virginia.
Throughout his career, Mr. Gekoskie has been recognized by colleagues, students and leading professionals alike. He has been a guest on National Public Radio’s “Desert Island Disks,” published in School Band and Orchestra Magazine, and has produced educational concerts, clinics and events including performances by the Hartt Symphony, Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the University of Michigan Symphony Band, Dennis DiBlasio Quartet, Chris Vadala Quartet and the Hartt Wind Symphony.
In October 2007 Mr. Gekoskie was featured on the cover of the School Band and Orchestra Magazine article entitled “The Music Behind the Notes.” In 2004, Mr. Gekoskie received the National Band Association’s “Citation of Excellence” and recently served as a guest speaker at the University of Maryland’s Music Education Department presenting a lecture on “Building Innovative High School Performing Ensembles in the 21st Century.”
His bands have been selected as the featured high school concert band at the Music Educators National Conference Biennial National Convention, in Minneapolis, MN , invited feature concert band at The Western International Band Clinic in Seattle and twice featured and invited to perform at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, IN. In addition Mr. Gekoskie’s ensembles have been invited and featured on three separate occasions at Carnegie Hall in NYC, performed at State Music Conventions, invited to perform at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, NYC, and featured at the Music Educators National Conference All Eastern Division Conference in New York City- all to ecstatic standing ovations at the conclusion of each performance.
Mr. Gekoskie’s marching bands have also been recognized for outstanding and innovative, national-level quality throughout the county by colleagues and audiences alike. Mr. Gekoskie directed the first ever Class A Marching Band to win a Band of America Regional, as well as securing the 1996 Class A Grand National Championship. His marching bands have also won numerous awards, honors and grand championships. Additional major marching band awards have included: Group 5A Cadets Marching Band Cooperative National Champion-Giants Stadium; The US Coast Guard Class A East Coast Champion three consecutive times-New London, CT; The Gator Bowl National Marching Band Champion – Jacksonville, FL and the Fiesta Bowl National Marching Band Championship as a finalist- Phoenix, AZ.
A proponent of new music, Mr. Gekoskie was responsible for commissioning new wind ensemble literature totaling over 12 titles from composers and consortiums including Steven Bryant, John Mackey, Arturo Rodriguez, Richard Danielpour, Daniel Montoya . His most recognizable commission project is the piece entitled “Dusk” by Steven Bryant.
Mr. Gekoskie is a sought- after adjudicator, national-level clinician and conductor for many organizations and state music education associations as well as national organizations such as Drum Corps International, Bands of America, and USBands.
A graduate of Susquehanna University, Mr. Gekoskie has continued his studies in conducting at the Juilliard School of Music, the Hartt School of Music, Butler University, Duquesne University, Boston University and Shenandoah Conservatory.
Mr. Gekoskie can be reached at Andrew.Gekoskie@palmbeachschools.org.