Andrew Pouttu is the Director of Percussion for the North Mesquite High School Big Blue Band and oversees the percussion program for the NMHS cluster. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in music education from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth where he was awarded the coveted Nordan Young Artist Scholarship as an incoming Freshman. Mr. Pouttu performed in many ensembles on campus including the Wind Symphony, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Steel Bands, Marching Band, Percussion Ensembles, and many smaller chamber groups.
Mr. Pouttu spent the Spring semester of 2019 as the Assistant Percussion Director in Cleburne ISD where he taught percussion grades 6-12 and private percussion lessons for the District. Prior to that, he worked as a percussion technician in Mansfield ISD, Arlington ISD, Weatherford ISD, and Whitney ISD.
Mr. Pouttu currently resides in Dallas, Texas with his spunky dachshund, Gertie. In addition to teaching and performing, he enjoys fitness, the outdoors, refurbishing drums, and America's Team–The Dallas Cowboys.