Andrew Snell was born in Taunton, Somerset, and started playing trombone at the age of 10. After completing tertiary study he was offered the position of Bass Trombone with the world-renowned Grimethorpe Colliery Band. Leaving Grimethorpe in 2002, after 11 years as a member, Andrew emigrated to New Zealand where he was engaged as Musical Director with Waitakere City ‘Trusts’ Brass. Since leaving NZ for Australia in 2004 he has worked as Lecturer in Brass and Musicianship at Charles Darwin University, Orchestra Manager for the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and as Chief Executive Officer of the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music. In October 2013 he took up the position of Managing Director of Victorian Opera. Andrew is also currently Musical Director of Darebin City Brass - Preston Band.