Andy Launder

Program Manager - South

Andy Launder Program Manager - South

Andy first picked up a guitar at 11 years old and has since been possessed with a strong passion for all types of music. This devotion is an inspiration to him both in performing and teaching. He enjoys teaching students of all ages and skill levels as well as performing on stage. Andy graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2009 where he earned a music minor. While in school he performed in jazz combos at both Mizzou and Westminster College. After graduating Andy maintained a private lesson studio of over 40 guitar students per week. In addition he taught beginning and advanced guitar classes at the Columbia Area Career Center, part of the Columbia, Missouri School District. Throughout the years Andy has performed in a wide range of bands including rock, jazz-funk, singer-songwriter, livetronica, and more. From 2008 to 2011 he was a member of the improv-rock band Slippy LaRue, performing throughout the Midwest and Colorado. He recently recorded an album and toured with singer-songwriter John Gurney. Currently, Andy plays lead guitar for the Kansas City event band Kokomo.