Dr. Andy Poor

Photo_PoorAndy_squareAndy Poor
Brass Consultant

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.

Matt Busch

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Baritone Technician

MATTHEW BUSCH is a veteran of the Pacific Crest family, having performed with the corps from 2005 to 2011, and serving as mellophone section leader in his final two years. He returned as a brass instructor for the 2013 season.

Matthew will earn his Master’s Degree in Music Performance at the University of Redlands in the spring of 2014, studying under Dr. Dave Scott. He is an active performer, holding the principal trumpet position in the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Studio Jazz Ensemble and is an active member with the Faculty Brass Quintet. He currently has private studios with the Community School of Music and the Arts at the University of Redlands and at Cathedral City High School.

Matthew holds a BA in Music Performance from Concordia University, Irvine, where he studied with Rich Chasin.


Jeff McNurlan

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Low Brass Consultant

JEFF MCNURLAN currently serves as a Financial Representative with Pacific Advisors and as the Director of Advancement for Centers for Excellence Renewal and Vitality (CERV). In is role at Pacific Advisors, Jeff guides education professionals through the wealth building processes specific to their profession. As Director of Advancement for CERV, he leads efforts to build strategic relationships in order to offer significant life skill development experiences to groups and organizations that lack the resources to provide them on their own.

As a musician, Jeff received his BA in Music from CSU, Fullerton and his MM from Boston University.  He spent several years as a full time music educator, including serving as brass caption head of Esperanza Drum and Bugle Corps during their Division II championship season in 2003. As a performer in DCI, Jeff marched contra with the Blue Devils in 1994.

Jeff and his wife Christy live in Temecula with their sons Ethan and Caleb, and are involved in many civic and youth activities.  Jeff is an active member of the Temecula Chamber of Commerce, the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce, Valley Young Professionals, TEDxTemecula, and Tentmakers.


Dustin Bays

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Tuba Technician

DUSTIN BAYS is in his final year of study at Anderson University in South Carolina. He performed on tuba with Carolina Crown from 2007-2011, and was the low brass intern for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. He currently works with Palmetto High School Marching Band in Williamston, SC, and is a freelance musician, instructor, and drill designer in the state’s upstate region. Dustin is excited to join the Pacific Crest team and continue upon the success that has been established.


Anastasia Even

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Mellophone Intern

ANASTASIA EVEN hails from the great state of Texas, but has recently found a new home in Colorado. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from Texas Woman’s University with her recognized instruments as piano and horn. She is now pursuing her Master of Music degree in Music Therapy at Colorado State University.

During her undergraduate years, Anastasia was a member of the University of North Texas Green Brigade Marching Band and had the privilege of being a member of two fine drum corps – Crossmen (2009, 2010) and Boston Crusaders (2011, 2012) where she aged out in 2012 on mellophone.

Anastasia has taught private horn lessons at several school districts in north Texas. She has also provided instruction as a music and visual tech at Melissa, Leonard, and Princeton High Schools’ marching bands. While teaching horn and marching band, Anastasia was the volunteer piano instructor at the Denton Juvenile Detention Center in Denton, Texas.

Anastasia and her husband, Rob, live in Fort Collins, Colorado where she is actively involved in CSU’s marching band and the elite, audition-only pep ensemble, Presidential Pep Band. After earning her Master of Music, she plans to continue onto a second Master’s degree in Music Education or a Doctoral Degree in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University.

Eric Hemingway

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Trumpet Technician

ERIC HEMINGWAY has been involved with Pacific Crest for several years, starting as a member in 2005.  In 2011, Eric joined the brass staff where he has since served as trumpet technician.

Residing in Southern Orange County, Eric gigs frequently and teaches at a number of schools in Southern California. He is currently a student in the fine arts program at California State University at Fullerton.