Mr. Andrew Zweibel is a musician and educator from Northbrook, IL, currently living in Miami, FL and teaching at South Dade Senior High School. He began his time as Director of Bands at South Dade Senior High School in August of 2011, and the band has experienced incredible success in his tenure. In his first year at South Dade. Zweibel led the band program to a successful season which included “Superior” ratings in both Marching Band and Wind Ensemble by the Florida Bandmasters’ Association and a first-ever appearance at the Florida Marching Band Championships (FMBC) State Semifinals, where the Buccaneer Marching Band placed 22nd out of 29.
Since that first year, the South Dade Band has thrived. Accomplishments have included “Superior” ratings in both Concert and Jazz Band Evaluations as well as three consecutive years of straight-“Superior” ratings in Marching Band. The Buccaneer Marching Band has placed in the top-10 in the state at FMBC Semifinals, and the band program has established its very own annual Pre-MPA Festival. The program has also hosted numerous district and state events at South Dade including FBA All-State Auditions (2014), FBA High School Concert Band Evaluation (2015), and a free concert by the United States Navy Band in March of 2015.
Mr. Zweibel comes to South Dade from the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Music Education. While at the University of Miami, Mr. Zweibel earned the honor of being selected as the most outstanding student in the School of Music’s 2011 graduating class. He was an active member of the athletic band program in Miami, serving as a trumpet section leader for three years and the band captain for two years in the University of Miami’s Band of the Hour Marching Band. While at UM, Mr. Zweibel also played trumpet in the “Gale Force Winds” pep band, the University of Miami Basketball Bands, the Frost Symphonic Winds, and the Frost Wind Ensemble under the direction of Gary Green.
Outside of school, Mr. Zweibel is heavily inolved in the world of Music Education/Technology online. He is known around the world for creating social media-based professional development communities for music educators across the globe. Mr. Zweibel has been quoted or published in “Teaching Music” magazine and the online “Leading Notes” Magazine, as well as various state music education journals. In addition, he has presented on the topic of social media in music education at local, national, and international conferences including the national Technology in Music Education conference, the Florida Music Educators’ Association clinic/conference, and most recently at the Midwest International Band/Orchestra Clinic/Conference.
When he is not working for the South Dade Band program, Mr. Z enjoys watching college sports and rooting for the Miami Hurricanes (Go ‘Canes!), exploring new technologies, listening to music, and playing trumpet and piano.