World Flute Society


Andy Kruspe

Andy Kruspe is a music educator and percussionist from Huntsville, Alabama, where he teaches private students, concert bands, marching bands, percussion ensembles, and indoor drum lines. He holds degrees from Louisiana State University and the University of Central Florida.

Andy has performed on bodhrán and recorded with several Celtic artists in the southeastern United States, including Black Market Haggis, David Coe, Candace Corrigan, Mithril, Liminal, and SlipJig. He has also taught bodhrán workshops and masterclasses at several universities and festivals.

Andy has spent several years studying the bodhrán, both in the United States and abroad, including spending several summers at Craiceann - The Bodhrán Summer School on Inis Oírr, County Galway, Ireland. In May of 2014, he won the Over-18 division for the bodhrán at the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Midwest Fleadh in St. Louis, Missouri.

In 2014, Andy published an extensive method book titled The Bodhrán Primer. In 2015, the book was reviewed in Percussive Notes, the journal of the Percussive Arts Society. Reviewer N. Scott Robinson stated in this review that this book was “…quite possibly the best resource on Irish bodhrán by a musician born outside of Ireland.” Andy's second book, Playing the Tune, was released in 2015. His third book, First Steps: A Beginner’s Guide to the Bodhrán was released in early 2017.

Andy is happily married to his high school sweetheart, Rachel. When they are not working, they spend their free time traveling, finding good eats, and sampling really good beers.