Andrew Grenci

Bass Clarinet

Member since 2012.

Andrew Grenci served as bass clarinetist with the U.S. Coast Guard Band for 24 years. Presently, in addition to ECSO, he plays bass clarinet regularly with the New Haven and Waterbury Symphonies. He is also Principal Clarinetist with Orchestra New England, and can be heard playing clarinet and basset horn on their recent Naxos release, “Charles Ives: Complete Sets for Chamber Orchestra.” Other recordings include “Excursions: Music for Bass Clarinet and Piano,” “The Grenci Stole Christmas” which features Cheryl Six on flute and piccolo, and his composition “Concerto in Rock” recorded with the U.S. Coast Guard Band in 2017. Grenci’s arrangements and compositions are published through Andiss Music.

Hidden Talents: Cooking, hiking, traveling with my wife Cheryl Six.

Favorite Motto or Quote: It’s just a cold dark night on the side of Everest. -Bret Logan

Favorite Composer (or Era): In orchestra, the Romantic period, because that’s where many of the great bass clarinet parts are! And any new music. It’s always fun to premiere a piece or discover something outside there standard repertoire.

What/ Who inspired you to take up your instrument: Grenci enjoys the personal connections music can bring. He loves the camaraderie of friends and colleagues working together two create beautiful and meaningful sounds, and connecting with audiences.