I spent many mornings chatting with Andrew about music, theater, and towards the end, the maddening red tape he faced getting social services.
I loved listening to his accordion. My favorite thing he played on it was "Because" by The Beatles. Those harmonies were great on the accordion and he played with a gentle, haunting feel. I'll miss him.
The first I became aware of Andy's talent was when we saw him as Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof. I believe there were two Hammonds in lead roles in that show. The talent , along with Keith Parsky, Karin Kasdin, and Anna Lank,was beyond impressive. So when I joined the cast of JB with Andy, I was so intimidated. however, he made all of us feel that we had equal amounts of talent. I didn't, but he made me feel special. We went on to many more Tom Avery productions together both in BHS and summer programs..... Andy coached us thru our million runs of "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown". He was a pleasure to work with as well as a privilege to have shared a stage with .
A gentile soul who found love in his music. RIP Andrew Hammond.
Kudos on the evocative article about my brother Andy. He was indeed a unique and talented individual, and it would have pleased him very much to know that people are remembering his music and his stories.
So very sad. I'm glad I had a chance to know Andy. Love and condolences to his brother Chris - my classmate - and the rest of his family.
Andy was the kindest upperclassman at BHS when we were aspiring Thespians. Always had kind words and a smile for all. RIP my highschool friend and please continue to entertain all of our classmates. Give Mr.Avery a big hello.
Oh, what a sweet man. We'll miss him.
I met Andy during the production of Mercury Opera Rochester's production of Showboat. He was just one of the nicest people I ever met, very down-to-earth, very smart, and very talented. I would see him whenever I went past Javas and I always worried if he had had enough to eat, was he warm enough. He would never ask anyone for anything, but sometimes I would get him a coffee and one of javas jumbo-sized cookies. I have no idea if he even liked sweets, but he always graciously accepted it. I'm really sad to hear that he passed on.
Andy was a very beautiful person. When I was teaching at Brighton High School through the artist in residence program in the early 70's, I had the privilege of having him in my class. Hem, even then was supremely talented person. He shall be missed/
Nice article - beautiful art work
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