Strike Up the Band
Andy Geib Shares his Passion for Music with Oak Valley Middle School Students
“I started at Oak Valley six years ago. I am the music assistant and am very lucky to have directors that want me to take part in every aspect of the program, from conducting, selecting music and running the jazz band, which is my true passion. I also run Sinfonia, our full symphony orchestra,” exclaimed Andy Geib. At Oak Valley Middle School, Andy is known for his high energy teaching style, unique sense of humor and passion for music.
Andy is an accomplished musician and has toured all over North America with a band called the Wise Monkey Orchestra. He stopped touring in 2001, although he still plays with the band, and became involved with various groups and recording projects around Southern California. He has worked on commercials and the feature film Stuck on You, starring Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear. In 2009, he played with Toots and the Maytals on “Light Your Light” which was nominated for a Best Reggae Album Grammy. He also plays with the Styletones, a throwback to the old soul and funk bands of the 60s and 70s. “We [the Styletones] were featured on a new PBS show called Live at the Belly Up and enjoy all the performances we can offer in and around the community,” revealed Andy. He and the Styletones are scheduled to perform at the annual Benefit Concert at Oak Valley on May 1. This concert is the biggest concert and fundraiser for the music program and features professional musicians, as well as the best musicians Oak Valley has to offer.
Andy has also started a high school community jazz band that is comprised mainly of students from Del Norte and Westview, many of whom were students of his at Oak Valley. When he isn’t teaching, rehearsing or performing, Andy loves to play golf and watch sports. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Cindy and their 4-year-old son, Carter, who Andy describes as the most amazing person he knows. Andy also finds inspiration in the musicians he has worked with in the past and the ones he currently plays with, both professional and amateur. “The most rewarding part of [working with students] is seeing the success that our groups have been able to achieve and the pride they take in that success. Seeing the kids grow and mature musically is pretty amazing too,” stated Andy.