Andrew Goins is dedicated to bringing the perspective of an active performing schedule to his busy life as a music educator. As a performer, Mr. Goins enjoys a diverse freelance schedule on both double bass and bass guitar. He plays in numerous orchestras, jazz groups, pit ensembles, and the occasional rock band. He regularly plays with the Dallas Winds, the premier professional wind ensemble in the United States, and can be heard on the Grammy nominated album Asphalt Cocktail, featuring the music of renowned composer John Mackey. Andrew is a founding member of Newhall Jazz, and has accompanied Bobby McFerrin, Itzhak Perlman, and Chris Martin, among others.
Over twenty+ years of teaching, Andrew has built a reputation for preparing exceptional bass students and revitalizing orchestra programs. Groups under his baton have consistently earned Sweepstakes at UIL Concert & Sightreading Evaluations, as well as numerous accolades at music festivals, performances, and competitions across Texas and the United States. Mr. Goins has helped prepare and conduct TMEA honor groups, and has served as TMEA Region Chair and Region Vice-President. His bass students have consistently earned placement in Region and State ensembles, and top honors at solo festivals. Andrew is an active judge, clinician, and presenter on the use of technology in the classroom and on double bass pedagogy. He started the Texas Double Bass Academy, dedicated to the education of pre-college double bass students, and is especially proud of starting the first Texas chapter of United Sound, providing the opportunity for students with special needs to participate in instrumental music.
Andrew holds a Texas teaching certificate and a Bachelor of Music in Music Studies from The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied double bass with Dr. David Neubert and Mr. John Fremgen. Mr. Goins has served on the faculty for summer camps at Oklahoma State University, the University of Texas at Arlington, Baylor University, and Sam Houston State University. He has many former students who have gone on to perform, teach, and create music.
When not teaching or performing, Andrew enjoys cycling, camping, hiking in the mountains, and enjoying time with his wife, Ange, and their crazy rescue Schnauzer, Tigger.