About Andrew Barr
Andrew Barr began to passionately bang on pots and cardboard boxes at the tender age of five. It didn’t take long for his remarkable talents to be noticed, and he was soon asked to join the group Frogbusters by his seven year old brother Brad. Together they reinvented popular songs of the day, inserting “frog” as a lyrical replacement. Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like The Wolf” became “Hungry Like The Frog”. Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl” became “Uptown Frog”. And, of course, “Ghostbusters” became “Frogbusters”.
The group disbanded in 1984 and the brothers went on to form the a cappella beat box team that became known as The Wedgie Brothers. This group eventually came to a halt as material ran dry, and the brothers decided to build a repertoire of rock n’ roll classics to perform along with their father on the guitar.
Jump forward three years. After brief stints on the piano, violin, and guitar, Andrew volunteered to play the school drum set for the all-school ensembles rendition of “We are the World”. Andrew then decided that he needed his own drum set and his parents complied, promptly returning from DiPippo’s music with a beautiful dark brown four piece trap kit. His loving brother, Brad, taught Andrew the beat to Huey Lewis’s hit song, “The Power of Love” and Andrew took off from there. He learned how to channel his young and vibrant energy, suppressed by the doldrums of school, in long after-school wailing sessions.
Three years later he was still playing constantly and showing much improvement. Enter Abdoul Matteen, Andrew’s first drum teacher. Abdoul, a short, well built Rasta full of love, energy, and rhythm, taught Andrew about meditation, concentration, melodic drum playing, and body limb independence. Three years later Abdoul moved away and Andrew went to high school where he joined the high school jazz band with Brad and Marc. He was awarded Outstanding Musicianship Awards from the IAJE three years in a row. Andrew began to take strong interest in traditional African rhythms and found a teacher in Abdoul Doumbia (a djembefola from Mali, West Africa.)
In 1995 Andrew ventured off to the Berklee College of Music (on the “Berklee Best Scholarship”) for a glorious and highly educational year and a half before leaving to pursue independent studies with Abdoul Doumbia and the jazz innovator, Bob Gullotti. In 1997, he traveled to Mali for a brief period of time and began to understand and explore musical concepts that are still crystallizing in his head today.
Andrew has spent time studying musical concepts from several parts of the world, and ventures daily into his creative body. He also loves to build igloos, read Anais Nin, and type biographies in the third person.
Andrew plays Willoughcraft drums and Evans drum heads. Some of Andrew’s favorite percussive toys include a plastic whirly dirly, his cuica, pandeiro, jam-man, synare and a wooden dumbek from Everyone’s Drumming.