Andrew Ells-O'Brien has been coaching, structured, private music lessons since January 2005. He boasts an amazing yearly 81% retention rate. His students that do suspend lessons, typically do so after an average of greater than 10 months, only to continue with him after a short respite.
- Master of Guitar certificate from Berklee Music, the online Extension School of Berklee College of Music.
- Awarded the Berklee Music’s Celebrity Online Scholarship from Paul Simon in 2009.
- Featured in Berklee Music’s Student Spotlight in 2008.
- Featured member of the Berklee Music on-line network.
- Received grants in 2007, 2008, and 2009 from Berklee College of Music for pursuit of music studies.
- Mentors include (among others):
- Premier Music Instructor at University Music in Lowell, Massachusetts.
- Certified Private Instructor for Educational Advantage School of Music
- Rhythmatist for Jessica and Jamie.
- Playing guitar since 1983.
- Playing bass guitar since 1988.
- Playing ukulele since 2012.
- Playing drums since 2014.
- Professional associations include:
- 2017 Schlagwerk Golden Cajon Award Nominee
- Drummer for the Scott McGrath Band
- Album “Redemption" w/ Reverend JJ and the Casual Sinners.
- Performing with Reverend JJ & the Casual Sinners.
- Performing with Amy Beauregard and Caravan.
- Solo Artist ("One-Man-Band").
- Sales Expert for both Daddy's Music (Burlington, MA) and Guitar Center (Nashua, NH).
- Solo Albums “Live: at the Sad Cafe". and “Me and the Blues”.
- Live Entertainment Booking Agent and host of the weekly Open-Mic for Furey’s Cafe of Lowell, MA.
- General Manager and guitarist for “Half-Past Eight”, New England's premier blues band.
- Music Coordinator, Guitarist, and Mandolinist for the USA tour of country music's Chad Burdick.
- Guitarist for television program "Lift Jesus Higher".
- Worship ministry for Ministério Internacional de Libertação (Lowell, MA), Parkway Christian Center (Revere MA), The Lord's Gathering (Woburn, MA), St. Paul's Evangelical church (Somerville, MA).
- Member of Guitar Center’s Consumer Panel.
- Contributor to the 32° Masonic Learning Centers for Children, Inc., Greater Lowell Massachusetts. and to the Masonic Angel Foundation Massachusetts Grand Lodge.
- Make-A-Wish Foundation's preeminent music instructor for their annual Kids Fun Run and proud supporter of the Love, Hope, & Strength cancer foundation.