A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Mrs. Tobin received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Florida State University, where she was the first recipient of the Hugh J. Croft Memorial Scholarship for Music Education, presented by Dr. James Croft. Andrea received her Master of Music Education degree from the University of Central Florida, where she was also inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Andrea Tobin has been teaching in Florida’s public schools since 1984. Mrs. Tobin has conducted All-County Honor Bands throughout the state of Florida and is an active adjudicator of band solo and ensemble and concert Music Performance Assessments at the middle school and high school levels. Mrs. Tobin has also conducted the Florida All-State Middle School Honors’ Band and the Florida State University Summer Music Camp Band.
Mrs. Tobin started her teaching career in Lakeland, Florida, as an assistant band director and choral director, at Southwest Jr. High, where she wrote the marching band drill and accompanied the Symphonic Band to the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, in Chicago, under the direction of Frank Howes.
A former Teacher of the Year, at Teague Middle School, in Altamonte Springs, Florida, Mrs. Tobin’s bands have performed in the Orlando area, at National Conventions, marched in the Ocala, Apopka, and Magic Kingdom Parades and consistently made superior ratings at the Florida Bandmasters’ Association Concert Music Performance Assessments.
Currently, Mrs. Tobin is the Director of Bands at Chain of Lakes Middle School, in Orlando, Florida. Previously, she founded the orchestra and guitar programs at Wekiva High School, having taught there for seven years. She also conducted the Orange County All-County Middle School Honors’ Orchestra.
Mrs. Tobin counts it a privilege and honor to conduct the talented members of the Orlando Concert Band and to be part of the french horn section. She plays in her church orchestra and enjoys family time with her husband and daughter.