Bandmaster Andrew Burditt (Oshawa Temple Corps) has rejoined the Canadian Staff Band (Bandmaster John Lam), taking a seat in the solo cornet section. He is a third-generation member of the Staff Band, the son of former Staff Bandmaster Brian Burditt and grandson of William Burditt, both of whom were founding members in 1969. He originally joined the band in 1994 and served for a total of 16 years before rejoining the band in September 2018.
Burditt is originally from Hamilton, Ontario, where he received his early musical training at the Argyle Citadel Corps, taking cornet lessons from his father and grandfather. The family moved to Toronto when he was 13 and soon after he joined the Yorkminster Citadel Band.
He studied trumpet performance with Bart Woomert and Stephen Chenette at the University of Toronto. He moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, to pursue graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati, studying trumpet performance with Marie Speziale and arts administration. During his time in graduate school, he held the position of Divisional Music Director for the Swoneky (Southwest Ohio and Northeast Kentucky) Division of the USA Eastern Territory.
Currently, Burditt is employed as the Chief Fundraising and Marketing Officer for the Alzheimer Society of Canada, after previously working for the Salvation Army for more than 17 years.
Burditt and his family are soldiers of the Oshawa Temple Corps, where he was appointed as Bandmaster in 2011. He is a member of the Music Committee and is a firm believer in the power of music, its ability to communicate the message of the gospel, and its importance as a vehicle of evangelism, discipleship, and mentorship. Burditt resides in Whitby, Ontario with his wife, Sonia, and two sons, Euan and Wilson.
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