ANDY POOR has been a member of the part-time music education division of the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University since 2006. He also currently serves as the Director of Bands at South Forsyth Middle School in Cumming, Georgia. Dr. Poor holds the Doctor of Music Education degree and the Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, Ohio. He previously received the Bachelor of Music Education degree (High Honors) from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. Dr. Poor is a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of Early Adolescence to Young Adulthood Music/Band as recognized by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. Likewise, he is listed in six editions of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, as well as, the 2002 and 2003 Who’s Who in America. Dr. Poor is a member of Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, ASCAP, NAfME, College Music Society, National Band Association, International Trumpet Guild, and the Georgia Music Educators Association.
Involved in the drum corps activity for over 30 years, Dr. Poor was a six-year member of the Suncoast Sound and was the 1987 recipient of the Jim Ott Memorial Scholarship. Over his 18-year tenure as a music judge for Drum Corps International, Dr. Poor was fortunate to have been invited to judge at 13 World Championships, including the World and Open classes, as well as the Individual and Ensemble (I & E) event. Additionally, he served for six years (2000-2005) as the Brass Caption Chair for the Drum Corps International Judge Administration Team. Additional adjudication services have been provided to the Georgia Music Educators Association, Drum Corps Midwest, Bands of America, Winter Guard International, Indiana State School Music Association, South Carolina State Marching Championships, Kentucky State Marching Championships, and Oklahoma Bandmasters Association. In 2011, Dr. Poor worked as a consultant to the brass staff of the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, and he was on the brass staff of the Phantom Regiment from 2012 through 2015.
As a music educator for over 22 years, Dr. Poor’s ensembles have given several outstanding performances, including the 17th International Cultural Festival in Tottori, Japan; the 1997 Florida Music Educators State Conference; and the Kennesaw State University High School Band Invitational. Furthermore, he conducted Rising Starr Middle School’s (Fayetteville, Georgia) premiere of his composition, Acceptance, at the 2008 Midwest Clinic.
Dr. Poor has over 95 compositions and arrangements for a variety of ensembles to his credit. His commissioned works have been performed at several distinguished events, including the Midwest Clinic, GMEA State In-Service Conference, GMEA All-State Band Concerts, University of Georgia Mid-Fest, University of Alabama Honor Band Clinic, Music for All National Concert Band Festival, and numerous local concerts. His wind band and chamber works appear in the catalogs of C.L. Barnhouse, Northeastern Music Publications, and Eighth Note Music. He has served as composer in residence at the University of Tennessee Martin, Samford University, the University of Alabama, as well as a number of secondary schools across Georgia and Florida. His hymn-setting, My Father’s World, was selected by the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors as a notable new work in 2010. His fanfare, To the Stars, was selected by bandworld.org as one of the Top 100 new wind band pieces for 2011. His most recent Barnhouse published work, Hope Springs Eternal, was selected as an Editor’s Choice by J.W. Pepper. In 2012, Dr. Poor began serving as the wind arranger for the University of Tennessee Martin Skyhawk Marching Band and has also provided arranging services to the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band and numerous high schools in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama.
Dr. Poor is frequently invited to serve as a consultant, adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor. He has presented at the Midwest Clinic, Ohio Music Educators Association State Conference, Florida Music Educators Association State Conference, and at four Georgia Music Educators Association State InService Conferences. He has also served as a curriculum consultant to the Cobb County School District, Bibb County Schools, and Polk County School District (Bartow, Florida). Furthermore, his published writings can be found in the Journal for the International Trumpet Guild, Florida Music Director, and the Quarterly Journal of Music Teaching and Learning.