Andrew Powers is a Jazz guitarist (7 string), composer, arranger, and music educator from Shreveport, Louisiana. Andrew has written music for a variety of ensembles, including Jazz and classical groups. His original compositions have been performed at universities and other community events throughout the state. As a performer, Andrew has played as a soloist and accompanist, and as a member of various Jazz ensembles across the South.
Andrew earned a Bachelor’s Arts in Music Education from Southeastern Louisiana University where he studied Jazz guitar with Hank Mackey, classical guitar with Patrick Kerber, and composition with Dr. Stephen Suber. Andrew has also studied composition privately with highly accomplished musicians such as Nick Hwang at Louisiana State University and Todd Gabriel at Centenary College.
Andrew spent five years teaching elementary, middle, and high school music and band in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. After relocating to the Shreveport area, Andrew taught band and guitar at Herndon Magnet School for three years, and he presently teaches music for the Talented Arts Program in Caddo Parish. In addition, Andrew also teaches applied guitar at Centenary College of Louisiana, and maintains a private guitar studio, where he teaches Jazz and commercial guitar to beginning through advanced students. During the summers Andrew teaches at the Shreveport Summer Music Festival Jazz Camp, helping young musicians to learn the language of Jazz. His students have performed at ArtBreak, and other community events as well as competed in district festivals. Many of his students have been selected to play in All-Parish Honor Bands and have received scholarships to attend college. In addition, several of his best students have been accepted into the music programs at University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Emory University, Belmont University, Grambling State University, and Southeastern Louisiana University.