A tribute to Andy Shreeves

Volume 122, No. 6June, 2022

Rose Hirschel

Andy Shreeves, a wonderful musician, an exceptional person, and the dearest husband imaginable, died on April 20, 2022 after a two year battle with glioblastoma. For a year and a half Andy won, but in the end the tumor succeeded in ending his beautiful life. He was 74 years old and had been a Local 802 member since 1978.

In the early 1980s, Andy started working on Broadway, where he played oboe, clarinet, saxophone and flute, subbing in dozens of shows. In 1986, he started playing with the historical recreation of the 1924 Paul Whiteman concert, which featured an unforgettable performance of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” Andy played eight doubles in that show, including heckelphone. He went on to play heckelphone with the Metropolitan Opera orchestra for 29 years, plus dates with the New York Philharmonic and Boston Symphony.

Overlapping with his musical performance career, Andy worked at ASCAP for 40 years, dedicated to the idea that creators of music should be fairly compensated for their work.

Andy was honored by his friends, family and colleagues in a beautiful and musical service at St. Paul the Apostle Church in New York on April 26, 2022

He was the light of my life and the partner of my dreams. Everyone who knew him will miss him. I the most.

— Rose Hirschel