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ANDREW ESQUER (pronounced ess-CARE) is a freelance composer, arranger/orchestrator, lyricist, music educator, music director, and playwright from Sanger, California, who specializes in music for stage and screen. Still residing and working in the Fresno, California area, Andrew began his life as a musician rather modestly at six years old when his grandfather taught him to play one-note melodies on piano. At 10, he had a short-lived stint taking lessons on guitar. Though brief, Andrew took the musical training he gained from those lessons and applied them to the piano, and from there taught himself to play piano, honing his craft over the course of the following two decades. Through the course of grade school, he would go on to perform on trumpet, french horn, and marimba in addition to the piano in marching bands, concert groups, jazz bands and a salsa/latin jazz band. In part due to the inspiration gained from his public school music teachers, after graduating from Sanger High School Andrew attended California State University, Fresno, majoring in instrumental music education and studying composition and music technology.
Andrew's interest in composition and arranging began at a young age, first for his original wheelhouses in the pep band, marching band, and concert band genres. As his interests diversified into the film score genre, he has written multiple themes for sports broadcasts, entered several scoring competitions, and has written for projects with his videography company, MINEstudios. His interest in writing for projects that tell stories has led him to develop the Andrew Esquer Music Programmatic Initiative, an effort to write music for concert settings that find ways to incorporate narratives into the score and/or performance.
In 2005, Andrew began his career as a music director for musical theatre, originally becoming the music director for Sanger High School's theatre department, Apache Theatre, just two weeks before their production of DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2005) was set to open. His work with the group continued through 2010, wherein he also worked on productions of GREASE, DISNEY'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, and FOOTLOOSE! In 2010, he began work at Jefferson Elementary School, where he continued to work through 2018 as the theatre music director and chorus director. In 2016, the school was recognized by the Fresno County Office of Education as a silver recipient of the Superintendent's Model Arts Award for achievement in the Arts, and was the only school in the state of California to earn honors as a Gold Ribbon School and Title I Academic Achieving School and to receive Exemplary Program Awards in Arts Education and Physical Activity and Nutrition. In addition, Andrew is the original Resident Director of Music and a founding member of the Blossom Trail Players, the city of Sanger's premier new community theatre group, and has served as music director for their productions of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (2015), MEREDITH WILLSON'S THE MUSIC MAN (2016), BYE BYE BIRDIE (2017), GUYS AND DOLLS (2018), and AN ODE TO NEW YORK (2018), a ten-minute medley of music for the organization's nascent Junior Company, arranged and featuring custom songwriting by Andrew. In addition, he worked with Fresno City College's theatre department, serving as music director for their production of GREEN DAY'S AMERICAN IDIOT (2017), and as a keyboard player for the New Wrinkles production ON THE ROAD TO BROADWAY (2018). He remains available as a freelance music director and performer for other area theatre groups.
Not satisfied by just writing narrative-based music or serving as a music director, Andrew has branched into work as a playwright and librettist. His first original play, SLEEP: A SHORT MUSICAL, debuted in 2016 as part of Fresno City College's TEASERS series of student-created, student-run short plays. Well-received by audiences and critics alike, the play was the first musical in TEASERS history and is now being adapted into a one-act musical to be submitted to the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.
Currently, Andrew continues work as a composer, arranger/orchestrator, and music director for hire (in addition to his music education and videography work) while attending Fresno City College, studying music and theatre arts to develop further as a performer, composer, and playwright. He now studies piano under Dr. Brandon Bascom, and has studied voice with Rebecca Sarkisian and Kathy Barba.