Congratulations 2022 Billy Strayhorn Jazz Education Scholarship Recipient from Temple University, Andrew Esch

Andrew Esch is a Philadelphia residing trumpeter from Hillsborough, North Carolina. Before attending Temple University, he played in many ensembles and traveled with bands under the direction of prolific North Carolina based musicians such as Greg Gelb, Stephen Anderson Thomas Heflin, Brandon Lee, Frank Bongiorno, and Jim Ketch. He has also been playing with the Temple University Jazz Band since  2019, playing at venues across the United States at the Midwest Jazz festival, Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival, and Jack Rudin Competition at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Andrew has written many four-part jazz arrangements for Temple’s trumpet ensemble with compositions from the likes of Jimmy Van Heusen and Ben Webster. His most notable musical influences are Louis Armstrong, Fats Navarro, Thad Jones, Clifford Brown, and Dizzy Gillespie.

Billy Strayhorn Songs Inc. and the Billy Strayhorn Foundation congratulate and celebrate the selection of Andrew from the Boyer School of Music and Dance Jazz Studies program at Temple University. Continued success Andrew in all of your musical endeavors!