Andrew F. Poor, DME, is Director of Bands at South Forsyth Middle School in Cumming, Georgia. From 2006-2015, Dr. Poor served as a part-time music education instructor at Columbus State University in the Schwob School of Music. Dr. Poor received his DME and MM in Trumpet Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He also holds the BME (High Honors) from the University of Florida. Dr. Poor is a member of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, ASCAP, NAfME, National Band Association, and GMEA. Dr. Poor has been the recipient of numerous honors, notably, the 2016 Forsyth County System-Wide Teacher of the Year. His ensembles have given numerous invitational performances, including, the 17th International Cultural Festival in Tottori, Japan, and additional performances at the Southeastern United States Honor Band and Clinic, University of Georgia MidFest, GMEA State ISC, University of Alabama MS Honor Band, National Band and Orchestra Festival-Carnegie Hall, CBDNA/NBA Southern Division Regional Conference, and the Music for All National Festival. Dr. Poor has been the recipient of the NBA Citation of Excellence on eight occasions.
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 seven times at the Georgia Music Educators Association State In-Service Conference. Active in the drum and bugle corps activity, Dr. Poor is brass arranger and consultant at Music City drum and bugle corps, and has served on the brass staff of the Spirit of Atlanta, Blue Stars, Phantom Regiment, and as a consultant to Pacific Crest. Prior to teaching drum corps, he enjoyed a successful eighteen-year career as an adjudicator for Drum Corps International.