The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga


Tony D'Andrea,
Director of Bands at UTC

Alumni invited to join half time band activities

If you can unearth that tarnished tuba from the attic or find your flute buried in the closet, plan to join the marching band half time celebration at the UTC Mocs Football game against Liberty on Saturday, November 13. All alumni are invited to participate; the event is planned to honor Tony D’Andrea, Director of Bands at UTC.

“Tony has announced his retirement, and we want to honor him by playing his favorite selections,” said Dr. Stuart Benkert, Associate Professor, Director of Athletic Bands. “All former students, regardless of school affiliation are invited.”

Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m.

To play or to participate in this event, please contact Dr. Stuart M. Benkert at (423)425-4736.

D’Andrea began his career at UTC in 1982. Her served as director of Bands at the University of Tennessee, Martin for five years before coming to Chattanooga. His professional background as first woodwind position (alto sax, clarinet, flute and piccolo) led D’Andrea to the Tony Pastor Band, Bernie Cummins Orchestra, Dean Hudson Band, David Carroll Band, Charlie Spivak Band, and Billy May/Sam Donohue Band.

He has toured with or provided backup performances with Glen Campbell, Paul Anka, Bobby Darin, Patti Page, Pat Boone, Liberace, Andrews Sisters, Everly Brothers, Sonny and Cher, James Brown, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Andy Williams, and many other artists.