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Percussion

Lauren Teel Percussion Caption Head
David Cavazos Battery Coordinator
Brice Freeman Snare Tech
JT Baker Snare Tech
Matt Joslin Snare Tech
Eliana Yamouni Snare Tech
Houston Youngmen Quad. Tech
Webb Sheely Quad. Tech
Patrick Tierney Quad. Tech
Izaiah McDowell Bass Tech
Alex Irvine Bass Tech
Matt Hammond Bass Tech
Stephen Symank Front Ensemble Tech
Kaleb Hascall Front Ensemble Tech
Bryce Turner Front Ensemble Tech
Noe Trevino Front Ensemble Tech


 

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LAUREN TEEL

Percussion Caption Head

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Lauren Teel is the Percussion Caption Head for the DCI World Class Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps , Director of Marching Percussion  for the Texas A&M Commerce “Pride” Marching Band and Assistant Director of Percussion for Texas A&M Commerce.  She is actively involved in the percussive arts community as both performer, educator, and adjudicator.  

Lauren served the 2018/2019 academic year as the Interim Professor of Percussion for The University of Alabama, and Adjunct Instructor for the Million Dollar Band Front Ensemble. Prior she was an Adjunct Instructor of Percussion at several universities, including The University of North Alabama, University of Alabama- Birmingham, and The University of Montevallo. In 2019, she served as Director of Percussion for Mililani High School in Mililani, Hawaii on the island of Oahu. 

Lauren earned her Masters of Music in Percussion Performance at Indiana University in the spring of 2016. She earned a B.M. in Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas in the spring of 2012.  Lauren had the privilege of traveling to Chennai, India to perform for an audience of over 75,000 people with Oscar winning composer, A. R. Rahman. Lauren also appeared in the 2013 blockbuster, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, as a timpanist. While living in Atlanta, Lauren performed as a member of the NFL Atlanta Falcons Drum Line.

Lauren has extensive DCI experience as a member of two top twelve drum corps. She was a member of the 2009 and 2010 DCI World Class Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps, which received the 2010 Fred Stanford Award for high percussion, and of the 2011 Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps. Both drum corps were under the instruction of Paul Rennick. 

Lauren Proudly endorses Innovative Percussion, Remo, Marimba One, and Zildjian.

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DAVID CAVAZOS

Battery Coordinator

North Texas based musician, David Cavazos, is a versatile percussionist with many specialties ranging from orchestral to marching percussion. Originally from Monterrey, Mexico, David uses his unique background to blend different facets of music to create his own distinctive blend of styles. An alumnus from the University of North Texas, he currently resides in Dallas, Texas where he is an active freelancer, maintains a substantial applied lesson studio, as well as arranges. David is also currently an educator with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps where he holds the position of battery coordinator. 

As a performer, David has performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Artosphere Festival Orchestra, and Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, among others. He has competed and performed concerts in notable events such as the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Texas Music Educators Association Convention, and Drumfest in Opole Poland.

As an international clinician, David has presented clinics all over the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, and Costa Rica.

When not performing, teaching, or arranging, David enjoys cooking and spending time with his 4 year old yorkie, Keiko.

David is a proud endorser of Zildjian cymbals.

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BRICE FREEMAN

Snare Tech

Brice Freeman has been pursuing a passion for percussion for over a decade and following a career in music education for the past two years. Mr. Freeman’s performance experience includes four summers marching in Drum Corps International. This includes Forte Drum and Bugle Corps in 2012, the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2013, and the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps from 2014-2015,winning the Fred Sanford Award for High Percussion in 2014. In addition, Mr. Freeman was a member of the University of North Texas' Green Brigade Marching Band, as well as the UNT Drumline A-Line and percussion ensemble, traveling to Poland in 2014 for the International Drum Festival held in Opole. 

Whilst at North Texas Brice participated in multiple snare ensembles, winning first place in the Percussive Arts Society's college small ensemble competition in 2015. While at UNT Brice had the privilege of working with some of the world's finest percussion educators, including Paul Rennick, Mark Ford, and Christopher Deane. 

Mr. Freeman graduated from UNT in the spring of 2017 with a degree in music education. Currently, Mr. Freeman works as a percussion educator for the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps, and has been the Berkner High School Percussion Director since 2019.

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JT BAKER

Snare Tech

JT Baker is very excited to start his second year as a snare tech for the Troopers drum and bugle corps. His playing experience includes the Santa Clara Vanguard snare line from 2020-2022, writing the music for and leading the UNT PASIC snare ensemble 2021-2022, and the SCV snare line video in lieu of their 2023 season. Currently pursuing his bachelor's degree from the University of North Texas for music education with a focus in percussion, JT also works as a battery technician at Denton High School, the University of North Texas Green Brigade, as well as snare drum lessons for various players around DFW. 

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MATT JOSLIN

Snare Tech

Matt Joslin starts his second year as one of the snare technicians for the 2024 Troopers.  His first season with the group was the summer 2023 season.

Matt Joslin is also currently the Percussion Director at Lovejoy High School in Lovejoy ISD, and in the past has served the Heritage High School cluster in Frisco ISD for the 2022-2023 school year as an assistant percussion director. 

Matt Joslin has performed with several drum and bugle corps including the 2020-2021 seasons with the Santa Clara Vanguard Percussion Section.

An alumni of the University of North Texas, Mr. Joslin graduated summa cum laude from UNT in 2022 with his degree in music education.  During his time at North Texas, Mr. Joslin was the principal timpanist of the UNT Symphony Orchestra under the direction of David Itkin, as well as a percussionist in the  UNT Wind Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Andrew Trachsel.  Mr. Joslin was a member of several UNT Percussion Ensembles including the UNT Classical Percussion Ensembles as well as the 2 O’Clock Steel Band.  His mentors include Paul Rennick, Christopher Deane, Mark Ford, Stockton Helbing, Jose Aponte, Ed Smith, Drew Lang, and Poovalur Sriji.

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ELIANA YAMOUNI

Snare Tech

Eliana is an active member of the marching arts community, most notably known for her accomplishments with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drumline in 2018, 2019, and 2021. During her time in the SCV snare line, she contributed to two back-to-back Fred Sanford High Percussion Awards, as well as the 2018 DCI Championship title. Eliana is also on the instructional staff at Coppell High School and Girls March. Outside of the marching arts, Eliana has kickstarted a career in corporate marketing and is an MBA candidate at The University of Texas at Dallas. 

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HOUSTON YOUNGMEN

Quad Tech

Houston Youngman graduated from the University of North Texas in 2020 with a degree in percussion performance. He has studied under Paul Rennick, Christopher Deane, Mark Ford, Ed Smith, Poovalur Sriji, and Stockton Helbing among other acclaimed faculty. He aged out on the Troopers tenor line in 2019 and won first place in the PASIC 2019 I&E Small Ensemble division with the UNT Quad Ensemble. 

 

Houston is the percussion instructor at Red Oak High School in Red Oak, Texas. His current and former students have achieved success in many areas, including numerous caption and placement awards at drumline contests in the DFW area, and success in the Texas All-Region and All-State auditions. 

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WEBB SHEELY

Quad Tech

Webb Sheely is a percussion performer, educator and arranger/composer from Columbia, Missouri. Webb is currently the Director of the Indiana University Marching Hundred Drumline and an Associate Instructor with the Percussion Studio. At Indiana University, he is currently studying to get his Masters in Percussion Performance and holds a Bachelors in Music Education from the University of North Texas. Webb has studied with renowned educators including Paul Rennick, Sandi Rennick, Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Stockton Helbing, Joseph Gramley, Kevin Bobo and John Tafoya. 

As a student at Indiana University, Webb has performed with the Percussion Ensemble and was previously the principal percussionist with the Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Rodney Dorsey. Webb is currently the principal percussionist of the Indiana University New Music Ensemble (Spring 2024). Webb was recently invited to play Viet Cuong’s “Re(new)al” with the Wind Ensemble as one of four percussion soloists on November 15th, 2022. Webb is also scheduled to play with the Indiana University Percussion Ensemble at their PASIC IPEC performance. 

As a student at North Texas, Webb performed in multiple Percussion Ensembles and was a featured soloist twice with the group. He also was a member of the 8 and 2 O’Clock Steel Bands, the Green Brigade Marching Band and was the principal percussionist of the UNT Brass Band. Representing UNT, he took 1st place in the Collegiate Concert Snare Drum Solo and Collegiate Marching Tenor Drum Solo Categories of “Marching Fest” at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention(PASIC) in 2019. From 2019 through 2021, Webb was the leader of the award winning UNT Quad Ensemble. The ensemble premiered three original works by Webb. The first, “Appetizer, No Entree” took 1st place at PASIC in 2019. The second, “A Deal with the Sharks” took 1st place in the Drum Corps International I and E competition and was one of the finalists for the Winter Guard International Small Ensemble Competition. Lastly, “Sic Parvis Magna” took 2nd place at the “Marching Fest” Competition at PASIC in 2021. Finally, Webb was a guest artist on many concerts at North Texas, including playing at TMEA with the A Capella Choir and with the Percussion Ensemble at TEDx North Texas. 

Webb performed with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2018 and 2019 serving as quadline section leader in 2019. As a member of the Troopers, Webb performed at the Performers Showcase in 2019 with his original solo “Texas Cheese Fries” in the multi-tenor solo division, earning himself 4th place. Webb returned to the Troopers as a member of the percussion staff and has been on the team since 2019.

Webb has taught the Booneville and Azle High School Drumlines, as well as the UNT Green Brigade Quadline. In the Spring of 2022, Webb student taught in the Northwest ISD cluster with renowned educator John Bingaman. Webb is a Professional Member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) and the Texas Music Educators Association and currently serves on the Marching Committee with PAS.

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PATRICK TIERNEY

Quad Tech

Patrick Tierney is a percussion educator and performer from Plano, Texas. He has recently received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. Patrick currently holds teaching positions with the Azle High School percussion studio and drumline, the Plano Senior High School Drumline, the Byron Nelson High School Drumline, and the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps, while holding a lesson studio that spans throughout the North Texas area as well as a virtual studio. 

 

As a student, Patrick had the opportunity to play with a wide variety of ensembles, such as the UNT Green Brigade Drumline, PASIC, WGI and DCI 1st Place award winning Quad Ensemble, the 2:00 Steel Band, UNT Percussion Ensemble, Wind Orchestra and many more. As a part of these groups, Patrick has gotten to travel and perform at many conferences and venues, such as PASIC, CBDNA, a performance tour in Ireland including The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, and more. 

 

Patrick was a member of the Troopers quadline in 2021, winning the DCI Individual and Ensemble competition with the quad ensemble. He is now entering his 3rd year coming back to the Troopers as a quad tech. Patrick has been fortunate enough to have studied with Paul Rennick, Sandi Rennick, Christopher Deane, Stockton Helbing, Ed Smith, Dave Hall and Mark Ford.

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IZAIAH McDOWELL

Bass Tech

Izaiah McDowell started his DCI career in 2015 with the Crossmen. He later went on to march  with the Santa Clara Vanguard for the 2016, 2017, and 2018 seasons, where he served as bass  drum section leader in 2018 and helped contribute to winning the Fred Sanford award for high  percussion three years in a row, and the DCI silver and gold medals in 2017 and 2018. He also  

spent the winter of 2013 with Vigilantes Indoor Percussion from Fort Worth, Texas. After ageing  out Izaiah went on to join the Troopers percussion staff in 2019. 

Based out of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Izaiah works as a drumline technician & consultant,  and lesson teacher. He’s been able to work with some of the best programs in the metroplex  including Arlington Martin HS, Birdville HS, Southlake Carroll HS, Byron Nelson HS,  Wakeland HS, and Coppell HS. He also works in audio, interning at Audio Dallas Recording  Studio, and as part of the audio team at VIP.

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ALEX IRVINE

Bass Tech

Alexander Irvine is from North Richland Hills, Texas. He graduated from Richland High School in 2015. After graduating, Alexander marched with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps from 2015-2018 as a bass drummer. 

After aging out with the Troopers, Alexander started teaching in 2019 with The Colony High School marching band. He then worked with The Colony in their inaugural indoor drumline season in 2020. Alexander has been working with the Azle High School marching band and indoor drumline since 2021. As of the 2023 indoor season Alexander has been working with Vigilantes Indoor Percussion as a bass tech. Alexander also works as the battery technician at L.D. Bell High School in Hurst, Texas.  

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MATT HAMMOND

Bass Tech

Matt attended the University of North Texas as a member of the percussion studio, where he studied under Mark Ford, Paul Rennick, and Steve Barnes. He also was a member of the Green Brigade Marching Band, both as a member of the bass line and an instructor of the drumline. 

Matt began his drum corps career with the Guardians in 2018 before joining the Troopers in 2019. He then aged out in 2021 as the bass line section leader, and is excited to return to the corps he called home. 

Matt currently lives in Prosper, Texas, where he teaches the Prosper Mighty Eagle Band, assisting with the drumline, as well as teaching numerous lessons at the surrounding middle schools. 

In his free time, he enjoys playing video games with his friends, making extra money with Uber, and watching his Kansas City Chiefs play football. 

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STEPHEN SYMANK

Front Ensemble Tech

Stephen Symank is a percussion performer and educator based in Evanston, Illinois. He is a Graduate Assistant at Northwestern University, pursuing a Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance. Stephen was a member of the Troopers front ensemble in 2014 and 2015, aging out in 2016 as a section leader. Stephen has been on staff at the Troopers since 2017. 

Stephen received his B.M. in Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas, where he performed in the internationally recognized North Texas Wind Symphony, Percussion ensemble, and 2:00 Steel band. During his time at UNT, Stephen had the opportunity to study privately with Paul Rennick, Dr. Robert Schietroma, Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, and Ed Smith. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, Stephen served as the Assistant Percussion Director at Birdville High School in North Richland Hills, Texas, where he taught percussion classes, marching band, and private lessons. 

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KALEB HASCALL

Front Ensemble Tech

Kaleb Hascall is always looking for a chance to perform and teach. As a performer, Hascall has appeared  with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Terre Haute  Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, and more. Hascall also has been greatly involved with Drum Corps  International. He played timpani with the Troopers and the Santa Clara Vanguard. During his time in DCI,  he won the timpani Individual and Ensemble, the Fred Sanford award for high percussion, and a world  championship in 2018. Outside of performing Hascall loves to teach. He finds great joy in teaching and  enjoys seeing students find the love of music that he has.  

Hascall received his master’s degree in percussion performance from Indiana University. While at  Indiana University he was the winner of the PASIC timpani mock audition. Hascall earned his bachelor’s  degree in music education from Northwest Missouri State University. While in his undergrad he won the  Mid-Missouri Percussive Arts Trophy collegiate timpani division two times. He also was selected as a  winner of his school’s concerto competition twice. In his free time, Hascall loves to relax with his wife  and two corgis.

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BRYCE TURNER

Front Ensemble Tech

Bryce Turner is an award-winning percussionist based out of San Antonio, TX. He has performed in multiple solo and ensemble settings around the world, including the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, and the United States. Bryce made his solo Carnegie Hall debut in 2018, named winner of the 2019 Black Swamp Percussion PE showcase multi-solo division, and was a selected member of the World Percussion Group 2019 Tour. His orchestral career includes appearances with the Mid-Texas Symphony and Waco Symphony. Bryce’s performance experience in the marching arts include two tours with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps as a marimba player in the front ensemble during the summers of 2015 and 2016. 

 

Bryce received both his Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Percussion Performance degrees from Texas Lutheran University in 2016 and went on to receive his Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance and Literature from Baylor University in 2019. He is currently working on his Doctorate of Musical Arts with a percussion performance focus at the University of North Texas. His primary teachers include Adam Bedell, Dr. Todd Meehan, Chris Sies, Mark Ford, Paul Rennick, Dave Hall, and Ed Smith. Bryce proudly endorses Innovative Percussion products.

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NOE TREVINO

Front Ensemble Tech

Noe Trevino is a percussion educator based in Denton, Texas where he teaches for the Byron Nelson,  Fossil Ridge and Guyer high school clusters. He is also a front ensemble technician for the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps.

In 2022, Noe completed his Bachelor's of Music Education with a concentration in percussion from the University of North Texas, where he studied with renowned educators such as, Jose Aponte, Steve Barnes, Mark Ford, Drew Lang, Paul Rennick, Sandi Rennick, Ed Smith, and Poovalur Sriji. During his time at North Texas he accumulated an abundance of experience in various ensembles, both cultural and classical. He was featured as a soloist with the 8 O'clock Steel Band on lead pan, the section manager for the Brass Band and Concert Band, and was a member of the UNT 2 O'clock Steel Band, UNT Cross-Cultural Ensemble, UNT Wind Ensemble, and the UNT Brazilian Ensemble. He was with the UNT Green Brigade as a member of the pit, then a member of the field technician staff as a front ensemble technician. Noe student taught at the Byron Nelson High School cluster, where he studied under Alycia Bingaman, John Bingaman, Michael Crawford, and Michael Moore.

Noe has extensive competition experience. He received 2nd in the Drum Corps International Percussion Ensemble competition, 7th in the PASIC Solo Keyboard competition, was a semifinalist for the Southern California International Marimba Solo Competition, 4th in the inaugural TIERRAS Marimba Competition, and 1st in the Drum Corps International Keyboard Competition. He marched with the Guardians Drum & Bugle Corps in 2019, and was with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps from 2020 through 2022. In 2022, Troopers made finals for the first time in over a decade, he was the center marimbaist and section leader for the front ensemble. 

Dynasty released a new series of keyboard instruments. Noe was invited to play on the instruments for the promotional video. 

Noe is fluent in Spanish.

In his spare time, Noe enjoys to workout, cook, and spend time with his friends and family.

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