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Andrew Reader has been involved in the marching arts as a performer and instructor for the last 10 years. He first began marching drum corps with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps from Dubuque, Iowa in 2013 and 2014 and concluded his career as a performer with the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps from Fort Mill, South Carolina in 2016 and 2017. While a member of the brassline at Crown, the corps took home back-to-back Jim Ott Best Brass Performance Awards in '16 and '17 as well as the John Brazale Best Visual Performance Award in '16. Andrew joined the Brass Staff at the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps from Casper, Wyoming in 2021 where he presently serves as a tuba tech. As a member of the educational staff, the Troopers made their first appearance in 13 years at the DCI World Championship Finals in 2022. 


Originally from St. Charles, Missouri, Andrew graduated from Missouri State University in Springfield, MO with the Bachelors of Music Education degree in 2019. He began his teaching career at Neosho High School in Neosho, MO where he served as an assistant high school band director and head junior high band director. While at Neosho the band saw competitive success in Southwest Missouri and the four-states area, and traveled to Indianapolis, IN to compete at the Bands of America Grand National Championships for the first time in program history. Wanting to pursue a degree in higher education, Andrew began his graduate studies in Wind Conducting at his Alma Mater, Missouri State University in the fall of 2021. He currently serves as a graduate assistant for the Pride Bands where he assists with the Missouri State University Pride Marching Band and guest conducts the Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, and Concert Band. Upon his graduation in May of 2023, Andrew plans to return to public school teaching and band directing in Missouri.

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