Well-known for his compositions and arrangements, Andrew R. Mackereth has more than fifty compositions, religious and secular, in print; many frequently featured on the concert programs of premier Salvation Army bands. These, along with numerous manuscripts awaiting publication, are continually featured on international broadcasts and recordings.
Andrew Mackereth was born in Gateshead Tyne & Wear, UK in 1965. A fourth-generation Salvationist, he first attended a meeting aged barely a week old. The son of officer parents, he has lived in many places including four years in Zambia and nine years in Kingston-upon-Hull. It was here that he began his earliest musical training. Andrew earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Birmingham Conservatoire and, for nearly twenty years, taught music in Secondary Schools. He continues to be in demand as conductor, composer and lecturer and has appeared throughout the United Kingdom, America, Germany and Argentina.
In September 2007, he was appointed Headteacher of the Heart of England School in Balsall Common, England.
Andrew lives in Nuneaton with his wife Stella and two children, Eleanor and Joshua. They all attend Nuneaton Citadel, where Andrew serves as Bandmaster.
In 2008, Andrew was honored by the Greater New York Division of The Salvation Army as the guest of the prestigious Profile Night 30.