University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Professor Emeritus Tony D’Andrea passed away on May 14. He was 83.
He was director of bands at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga from 1982-2005. Upon retirement, UTC honored him with the prestigious title of Professor Emeritus of Music.
As director of bands, D’Andrea’s responsibilities included the Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band and Pep Band. He also taught courses in Applied Saxophone, Band Management and Organization, Woodwind Methods, Advanced Conducting, Marching Band Techniques and Teaching Instrumental Music in Secondary Schools.
His entire teaching career—1961-2005— was in Tennessee, including time at the University of Tennessee at Martin and Doyle High School and Gibbs High School in Knoxville. While in Knoxville, he was also coordinator of instrumental music for the Knox County School System.
Before becoming a music educator, D’ Andrea was a musician who toured with several bands, including Buddy Holly, Bobby Darin, Paul Anka, James Brown, Patti Page, Pat Boone, Glen Campbell, the Everly Brothers, Sonny and Cher, Ray Charles, Andy Williams, Liberace and Bob Crosby.