Leslie Minor-Moon, Director of Bands, Wrens Middle School
“We commissioned Andy to write a piece for the Wrens Middle School band in 2013, which is entitled Hope Springs Eternal. It was dedicated to the memory of a close friend's newborn son, Tyler Burns, who passed away from a rare form of epilepsy, Ohtahara Syndrome. Andy was very easy to work with throughout the commissioning process and took into consideration all of the students' ideas. It was a remarkable and emotional premiere to celebrate Baby Tyler's life. Andy's compositions are fantastically written!"
Kay Fairchild, Director of the Atlanta Trumpet Ensemble and Festival
“The Atlanta Trumpet Ensemble has used Dr. Poor’s arrangements in many settings. The arrangements are very accessible players of all abilities. We have played his arrangements in concert, in memorial services and at festivals. The response is always positive. The pieces are beautifully done and we always receive positive feedback. I would not hesitate to purchase his arrangements for any type of ensemble."
Dr. Matt Stratton, Olivet-Nazarene University, Director of Athletic Bands
“I have worked with Dr. Poor on several occasions and quite enjoy our collaborations. His skills as an arranger/composer and educator help him to create custom charts that challenge our members while remaining completely accessible to the audience. He is relentless in pursuing a product that is 100% in line with my vision for our halftime programs.”
Randall Coleman, University of Alabama, Associate Director of Bands
“I highly recommend Andrew Poor’s music to all wind band conductors. His concert music is well constructed and very teachable. Students and conductors will grow as musicians from working on his music. We have performed his music with the University of Alabama Bands on several occasions and look forward to additional opportunities. Andy is also an incredibly talented composer and arranger for marching band. His varied background in the marching arts combined with his current classroom experiences gives him a unique perspective on “what works”. Quite simply, his marching arrangements “work”. We have also utilized his arranging talents with the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band and have been very happy with the product he produces. Dr. Poor understands the pedagogy of the instruments, which make his compositions and arrangements very playable.”