Andrew Cook is in his 37th year of teaching and 29th year as Associate Director of Bands at Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana. His duties include co-conducting the Marching Band; Wind Symphony II, III, IV; Freshmen Concert Bands; Jazz Ensemble III; Color Guard; and Basketball Pep Band. The Carmel Marching Greyhounds have been Bands of America Grand National Finalists since 1997 and Grand National Champions in 2005, 2012, 2016, 2017, and 2018 as well as Indiana State Champions in 1990, 2001, 2002, 2012, and 2018. Carmel Wind Symphony I was named ISSMA State Champions in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2021. The ensemble also performed in December 2005 at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. All six of the concert bands consistently receive division I ratings at ISSMA Concert Band Festival. In addition to teaching at Carmel High School, Cook taught eight years in Frederick County Maryland at Brunswick and Catoctin High Schools respectively and was department chair as well as band and choral directors at both schools.
Cook has been an active music judge for Bands of America and Drum Corps International. He has also worked as a freelance adjudicator and clinician throughout the country. In addition, he was on the Bands of America Summer Symposium staff for the Marching Band Track from 2003 to 2012 and was on staff for the 2010 MENC/U.S. Army All American Marching Band. Cook is a 1986 graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and he was a member and an officer of the Delta Lambda Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is also included in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.
Cook has two wonderful daughters: Bailey, a 2010 graduate (French horn) of Carmel High School and University of Arizona, who is currently at Ft. MacDill, Tampa, Florida, and Makenna, a 2015 (oboe, color guard) graduate of Carmel High School. Makenna was a member of the Boston Crusaders and Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps Guard and 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 WGI Champion Pride of Cincinnati Winter Guard. Cook also has two wonderful grandchildren, Brody and Rose.