Andrew McMahan joined the faculty as director of bands in the fall of 2010. He teaches courses in music theory and conducting, as well as instrumental literature and rehearsal techniques. McMahan also serves as administrator, artistic director and conductor for all ensembles under the purview of the Cal Poly Band Program.
Prior to his appointment at Cal Poly, McMahan served as the coordinator of instrumental studies at California State University Stanislaus. At CSU Stanislaus he directed the Wind Ensemble and taught courses in conducting, brass pedagogy, and instrumental literature. Although in the position for only two years, McMahan organized two successful band/orchestra festivals, assisted with promoting the school through community outreach and high school student recruitment, and took the Wind Ensemble on a 10-day performance tour of Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
Before moving to California, McMahan spent time at the University of Minnesota both as a teacher and as a doctoral student. While there, he was the director and principal conductor of the university’s Campus Orchestra and was a frequent guest conductor with the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic and University Bands. He also served as the announcer and for the 320-member strong Pride of Minnesota Marching Band. Before arriving in Minneapolis, McMahan spent four years as the director of instrumental studies, studio trumpet teacher, and instructor of secondary music education at Simpson College, a liberal arts institution just outside of Des Moines, Iowa.
A native of North Carolina, McMahan earned his Bachelor of Science in music education degree from Western Carolina University, Master of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Minnesota. His previous teaching experience includes three years as a high school music teacher in both parochial and public high schools in the metro Milwaukee, Wis., area.
McMahan maintains professional memberships with the College Band Directors National Association, California Band Directors Association, and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles.