Dr. Samuel Ramsey Andress
Samuel Ramsey Andress is the founding director of the Los Osos High School Band, Orchestra & Color Guard Program, the co-founder of the Rancho Cucamonga Community Band, the director of the Southern California Ambassadors of Music and the Concert Band Conductor at the University of California, Riverside. He was born and raised in Lake Havasu City, Arizona and relocated to Southern California to complete his student-teaching assignment under the supervision of Donald Jaramillo at Etiwanda High School. Dr. Andress is a member of the Pi Kappa Phi National Fraternity, the Sons of the American Revolution and the United Methodist Church. His professional affiliations include the San Bernardino County Music Educators Association, the California Band Directors Association, the Winter Guard Association of Southern California, the International Trombone Association, the College Band Directors’ National Association, The National Association for Music Education and the World Association for Symphonic & Band Ensembles. He has served on the board of directors for the Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association and currently serves on its Field Adjudication Steering Committee. Dr. Andress is in regular demand as a clinician and adjudicator for music festivals and field show events. Recent guest-conducting engagements have included the Tribute to King Karl King Honor Band at Riverside City College, the Etiwanda School District Middle School Honor Band, the San Bernardino County Middle School Basin Honor Band and the San Bernardino County High Desert High School Honor Band. Dr. Andress has participated five times in leading summer concert band tours of Europe as a staff member for the Southern California Ambassadors of Music and now serves as the newly-appointed director of that group. He holds the Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from the University of Arizona, the Master’s Degree in Music Education from Azusa Pacific University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Conducting from Claremont Graduate University. Ensembles under his leadership are consistently recognized for their musicality, discipline and attention to detail.