When we ran our first -ever Parents’ Perspective on their son Andrew Harris’ musical development in our January Newsletter, we just couldn’t fit it all in! Andrew’s Dad, Larry, got back with us and added some more thoughts:
We hope this doesn’t embarrass Andrew, but his dad says, “Andrew started by carrying around a plastic guitar at Grateful Dead shows at Shoreline in the early 90′s. When he graduated to a real guitar, he played at Jefferson Elementary School’s Mayfair and Solano Stroll with his first band called Red World with his brother Jacob as the drummer. They wrote their own songs, too! Then he joined Bandworks. Andrew was so lucky to have been able to play with the musically talented kids in Bandworks. To this day that was a dream come true and was a major influence for him, and he is still best of friends with many of the kids he met in BW. He got to play with Mike Ruby (now with the band Treehouse), Ryan Thomas, Jason Reeder, and other excellent BW students.
“And of course playing guitar at Cazadero Performing Arts Family Camp during epic jams sessions with BW co-Director, Steve Gibson (who we can’t thank enough!) really gave Andrew a sense of confidence and belonging”
Larry adds, “When Andrew went off to college, he formed Blue Street Junction at Humboldt State which is a funk/blue jam band. Andrew wrote all their original songs and was the leader of the band. He created a great following in Arcata. Now that he is back living in the Bay Area, he’s joined Dad’s LPs.