Lauren Teel is the Director of Percussion at Mililani High School in Mililani, Hawaii, on the island of Oahu. Lauren is the Percussion Caption Manager for the DCI World Class Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps, and serves on the PAS Marching committee. Prior to moving to Hawaii, Lauren taught several universities including the University of Alabama, University of North Alabama, University of Montevallo, and University of Alabama- Birmingham. She also had the pleasure to work with both the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band and the University of North Alabama Marching Pride. She served as the principle percussionist of the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra for the 2018/2019 season.
Lauren earned her Masters of Music in Percussion Performance at Indiana University and earned a B.M. in Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas. She has extensive DCI experience as a member of two top twelve drum corps, the 2009 and 2010 Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps, and the 2011 Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps, both drumlines under the instruction of Paul Rennick.
As a performer, Lauren has had the opportunity to perform world wide, performing as far as Belgium to Chennai, India, where she performed 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. In 2018, Lauren was invited to perform as part of the 2018 PASIC Focus Day events the solo marimba piece “Free Flight”, by composer and pianist Muriel Roth.
Lauren proudly performs using Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, Marimba One instruments, Zildjian Cymbals and Remo drum heads.
Brennan Davis has received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Musical Arts at the University of North Texas in Music Performance.
Originally from Columbia, South Carolina, Brennan has experienced a very eclectic range of performing opportunities, starting at an early age. In high school, he has performed at the National School Board Association Convention in 2011 with the Blythewood High School West African Drum and Dance ensemble.
At USC, he has performed with the percussion ensemble at PASIC in 2012 and has performed in the premier USC Wind Ensemble at CBDNA and ABA conventions. He was part of the USC Percussion Ensemble’s CD, recording the Adam Silverman’s Carbon Paper and Nitrogen Ink: marimba concerto for percussion ensemble, commissioned for Dr. Scott Herring. He can also be heard on several CD’s recorded by the USC Wind Ensemble. At UNT, he has performed with the Wind Symphony at the 2015 Midwest Clinic and has recorded numerous pieces with the group. Brennan has performed at PASIC with the UNT percussion ensemble in their showcase in fall of 2016.
He has also been involved in the drum corps activity, performing with the Carolina Crown front ensemble in 2010-2012 and also with Santa Clara Vanguard’s front ensemble in 2014 and 2015, playing marimba. In 2014, he received the Fred Sanford high drum award and has also performed with the SCV percussion section at PASIC in 2015.
He has studied privately with Scott Herring, Christopher Deane, Paul Rennick, Mark Ford, and Stockton Helbing. He has taught all over the DFW area in Texas and is currently a percussion assistant at LD Bell High School.
Dan Sailer is from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is currently the ensemble director for Groove Pursuit (PIA) and an instructor with Groove Inc., the largest percussion academy in the Midwest. Sailer is also the percussion arranger for Lincoln HS Patriot Marching Band, and an adjunct Professor of Percussion at Dordt University (Sioux Center, IA) and Northwestern College (Orange City, IA) where he also conducts the Women’s Choir. Dan is the Principal Percussionist of the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra and also plays with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.
Dan graduated from Concordia University, St. Paul in 2014 with a double major in K-12 Vocal and Instrumental Education and a minor in Lutheran Confessionalism. At CSP, Dan was involved in the Christus Chorus directed by Dr. David Mennicke, Concert Band and Percussion Ensemble directed by Aaron Isakson, composition lessons with Abbie Betinis, as well as being involved in musical theatre and acting.
Sailer was a snareline member of the world champion Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from 2007-2010 (Rockford, Il) and the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps from 2011-2012 (Santa Clara, CA). He has received awards in many snare drum solo contests, most notably the Drum Corps International Individual and Ensemble Competition (5th place, 2011), and the Percussive Arts Society Snare Drum Competition (2nd place, 2010). Dan has been a percussion staff member for Irondale HS, River City Rhythm Indoor and Drum Corps, Minnesota Brass, the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps.
Dan spent the 2014-2015 school year teaching in New Amsterdam, Guyana, South America at the Guyana Lutheran Music Academy. He was one of three pioneering teachers who helped start GLMA, a community music program that teaches students of all ages and backgrounds how to play, read, sing, perform, and create music. The GLMA motto is “enriching lives through music education for all.”
Dan graduated with his Master’s Degree in Percussion from the the University of North Texas in May of 2019. His professors include Mark Ford, Paul Rennick, Christopher Deane, Ed Smith, and Eugene Corporon. Performance credits include the Texas Music Educators Association Convention Showcase Concert with the Canadian Brass, recording with the North Texas Wind Symphony Ryan Anthony, principal trumpet of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and master classes with Frederic Macarez, Andy Narell, and Wei-Chen Lin.
Mike Garcia is an entrepreneur, digital marketing strategist, online content creator, and music educator/performer. In 2019, after being a full-time percussion director since 2012, Mike has changed careers to pursue several different freelance opportunities as they pertain to eCommerce, online marketing, and music performance/ education. He is also working closely with Rhythm Monster, LLC, an online resource for Scottish Pipe Band Drumming, as they change the way people from all over the world learn music while integrating cutting-edge technology across all platforms. After marching with the Madison Scouts snare line in 2007, Mike became a member of the Phantom Regiment snare line and marched in 2008, 2009, and 2010. In 2008, Phantom Regiment placed 1st at the DCI World Championships. In 2008 and 2010, the Phantom Regiment won the Fred Sanford High Percussion Award. His teachers included Paul Rennick, Roger Carter, Ellis Hampton, Jeremy Noyes, and Brian Lowe.
Mike’s experience led him to work with other high school programs in the area such as Berkner High School, Marcus High School, Hebron High School, Richland High School, Duncanville High School, Lebanon Trail High School and Southwest High School. From teaching private lessons to teaching full percussion ensembles and drumlines, Mike developed a strong passion for teaching music. Since 2018, Mike has worked with The Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps as both a Snare Technician and Battery Instructor from working off-season camps to move-ins/on the road throughout the summer.
From 2014-2019, Mike was the Percussion Director at L.V. Berkner High School in Richardson, TX focusing on 6th-12th grade percussion. During his time at Berkner HS, the percussion program had received numerous recognitions and accolades. In 2018, the Berkner Percussion Studio was selected as a winner of the highly-acclaimed PAS “Call for Tapes” International Percussion Ensemble Competition. Berkner HS was selected out of numerous high schools throughout the country (with some from other countries) and were invited to perform at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, IN on November 16, 2018. Four world premieres were debuted at that performance written by some of the most notable percussion composers in the genre: Jim Casella, Ivan Trevino, and Dr. Dave Hall. Additionally, the Berkner Percussion Ensemble placed 2nd in the Black Swamp Percussion Ensemble Showcase, a national contest open to high schools all across the country, with their submission, “Collide” by Jacob Remington. The Berkner HS Drumline continues to attend several drumline contests annually and consistently place in the top ranks with other drumlines across the state of Texas. Prior to his time at Berkner HS, Mike was at Southwest High School from 2012-2014.
Mike received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Texas Christian University. Among many other ensembles, he was a member of the highly acclaimed TCU Percussion Orchestra (Consistent Winner of the PAS “Call for Tapes” Competition) and was able to perform at the PASIC Showcase Concert in 2008 and 2011. He has also traveled extensively with percussion ensembles to perform at venues such as the Sydney Opera House in Australia and Merkin Hall in New York City.
Although Mike maintains a busy work schedule, he enjoys his time as a freelance performer and educator. Mike has performed with the Dallas Cowboys Drumline and will continue to perform as a member of the Dallas Mavericks Drumline and Dynamic Rhythm Entertainment throughout the DFW metroplex. He will continue to do freelance work throughout the area as a clinician and judge. He is excited about continuing at the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps for his third year and beginning his new journey with Vigilantes Indoor Percussion.
He is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion, Inc.
Brice Freeman has been pursuing a passion for percussion for over a decade and following a career in music education for the past four years. Brice spent four summers marching in various drum corps 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. In addition, Brice has been a member of the University of North Texas' Green Brigade Marching Band, as well as the UNT Drumline A-Line, traveling to Poland in 2014 for the International Drum Festival held in Opole. Brice participated in multiple snare ensembles with UNT, winning first place in the Percussive Arts Society's college small ensemble competition. While at UNT Brice has had the privilege of working with some of the world's finest percussion educators, including Paul Rennick, Mark Ford, and Christopher Deane. Brice graduated from UNT in the spring of 2017 with a degree in music education, and has been teaching in the DFW area since 2015.
Cary Anderson was born and raised in Chesapeake, VA, and is currently living in Bloomington, IN. He earned his Masters of Music in Percussion Performance from Indiana University in 2019 where he studied under John Tafoya, Kevin Bobo, and Steve Houghton and earned his B.S. in Music from Radford University in Radford, VA, in 2016 where he studied with Dr. Rob Sanderl. He is still at IU pursuing post-graduate studies as an Associate Instructor in the percussion studio.
As a performer, Cary won the 2017 Maryland Day of Percussion snare drum competition and was a semi-finalist at the 2017 Modern Snare Drum competition. He was a member of the Troopers in 2010 and the Boston Crusaders from 2011-2013 as a snare drummer. In November 2018, he performed as a member of the Indiana University Percussion Ensemble at the 2018 PASIC IPEC showcase, where he played on two world premieres by Kevin Bobo and Adam Silverman. He is also in his third season as a snare drummer for the Indianapolis Colts drumline.
As an instructor, Cary has worked with multiple high schools throughout Virginia and Indiana, most recently working with Center Grove High School in Greenwood, IN. In 2015 and 2016, Cary was a snare technician with the Boston Crusaders. In his spare time, Cary loves to be in the kitchen cooking up some tasty morsels.
David Cavazos is currently a student at the University of North Texas where he is finishing out a degree in music performance. During his time at UNT, he has performed in a variety of classical and world percussion ensembles and served as the principal percussionist of the UNT Symphony Orchestra for two years.
David’s drum corps experience consisted of one year with The Casper Troopers in 2015 and two years with The Santa Clara Vanguard, where he helped win the Fred Sanford high percussion award in 2016 and 2017, as part of the snare line.
He currently works in the North Texas area where he has taught percussion at a number of schools including Byron Nelson High School and Coppell High School, where he is a Snare/Battery technician and private lesson instructor. He also has performed with such ensembles as the Dallas Maverick’s Drumline and the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra.
Travis is a percussion performer and educator from Salt Lake City, Utah. His DCI performance career started with the open-class Spokane Thunder in 2010. In 2013 and 2014, Travis was a member here at the Troopers. For his last three years of eligibility, he was a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard, winning the Fred Sanford Award for high percussion both in 2016 and 2017. He has also spent his winters from 2011-2014 marching with a local WGI group, Weber State Indoor Percussion.
In 2015, the percussion section from Santa Clara Vanguard gave a clinic at PASIC in San Antonio, Texas. In 2016, Travis was chosen to be a part of the Spirit of America, a Massachusetts-based marching group. This group was contracted to send a marching band to Dubai in order to start their own marching circuit, Drum Corps United Arab Emirates (DCU).
Over the past three years, Travis has taught multiple high-school drumlines from the Salt Lake area, also keeping a small studio of private students. He has recently started commissioning tenor solos to his private students, as well as teaching open-class WGI.
Josh Hirner lives in DFW and works as a percussion educator and performer, serving as a lesson teacher, technician, and clinician. He specializes in all areas of percussion, including drum set and marching percussion, as well as classical piano.
He attended the University of North Texas from 2014-2018, studying Music Education and Percussion. While at UNT, he performed in a variety of ensembles including the Green Brigade Marching Band, the Indoor “A-line” drumline, 8 and 2 o’clock Steel Bands, and classical ensembles. In 2014, he traveled with the indoor drumline to Opole, Poland to perform in the International Drum Festival, clinics, and other performances around the area. He was a member of the 2015 and 2016 award winning PASIC UNT Quad ensembles. Leading the ensemble in 2016, the group premiered his piece, “QuadTom Physics”.
His DCI career began on the quad line with the Casper Troopers in 2014, and he spent the remainder of his eligible years on the quad line at the Santa Clara Vanguard (2015-2018). He served as section leader his last two years at the Santa Clara Vanguard (2017-2018). In 2015, during his tenure at SCV, he was invited to attend PASIC as an artist and group clinician under the direction of Paul Rennick. Josh and the SCV Percussion section earned the Fred Sanford Award for High Percussion in 2016, 2017, and 2018. In the summer of 2018, Josh performed his self-composed quad solo, “Penteract”, and earned first place at the DCI Individual and Ensemble competition. Josh is a DCI World Class Champion, earning the gold medal with the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2018.
Josh accredits his musical passion and career to his teachers and mentors alike: Michael A. Hernandez, Kennan Wylie, Bill Bachman, Paul Rennick, Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, and Stockton Helbing.
Matthew West is a percussion performer and educator originally from Dallas, Texas where he graduated from Highland Park High School. Matthew began his drum corps career with The Troopers in 2015, and was a member through 2016. In 2017, Matthew joined the Santa Clara Vanguard and returned in 2019 for his ageout season as the quad section leader. Matthew is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in percussion performance at Indiana University, where in the Fall of 2018, was the recipient of the prestigious Performer’s Certificate. In his free time, Matthew enjoys spending time with family, listening to classical music, and playing golf. He is excited to be joining the talented staff at The Troopers and working with the inspiring members of the drum corps.
Webb Sheely is a percussion performer and educator from Columbia, Missouri. He currently studies music education at the University of North Texas, where he is training with renowned percussionists including Paul Rennick, Mark Ford and Christopher Deane. As a student of North Texas, Webb has performed with multiple percussion ensembles, the 2 O’Clock Steel Band and has been the section leader of the UNT Brass Band. Webb has previously taught the Boonevile High School Drumline, as well as the University of North Texas Green Brigade Tenorline.
Webb performed with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps from 2018-2019 serving as tenor section leader in 2019. As a member of the Troopers, Webb performed at the Performers Showcase in 2019 in the multi-tenor solo division, earning himself 4th place.
Michael Swain began his drumming career with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2012, continuing with the corps in their 2013 and 2014 seasons before aging out with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps in 2015. Michael has also spent 3 years with 8 time WGI World Class finalist Infinity Percussion, starting in 2013; and will be spending his 4th and final year there this upcoming 2016 season. Michael currently resides in Orlando, Florida, where he is a full time student at Valencia College pursuing a bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in music. Michael is also an educator in central Florida, teaching at West Orange High School, Winter Park High School, and Newsome High School. He has also been a featured clinician with the Infinity bassline at the 2015 SFCPA Marching Masters Workshop as well as the 2015 North Florida PAS Day of Percussion.
Izaiah McDowell started his DCI career in 2015 with the Crossmen. He was later fortunate enough to march with the Santa Clara Vanguard from 2016 to 2018 serving as bass section leader in 2018, winning the Fred Sanford award for high percussion three times in a row, and the DCI silver and gold medal in 2017 and 2018. He also spent the winter of 2013 with Vigilantes Indoor Percussion from Fort Worth, Texas.
Izaiah currently lives in the DFW area where he’s pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music business and is a battery technician. He’s taught at Birdville High School, Arlington High School, and is currently teaching at James Martin High School in Arlington, Texas.
Robert began his marching career in 2008 at Lake Howell High School in Winter Park, FL. In 2011 at the age of 16 he joined his first Percussion Independent World group called Timber Creek Independent from Orlando, Florida. Following his first season of indoor he marched his first year of DCI with The Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps from Jacksonville, Florida at the age of 17. In the winter of 2012 he joined the bassline at Infinity Percussion leading him to march the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons with the PIW group. In 2013 he marched with The Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps instructed by Jason Hammond-Wood. In 2014 he joined The Santa Clara Vanguard Percussion section under the instruction of Paul Rennick, Akira Robles and Richie Rodriguez. They took home The Fred Sanford Award for high percussion at the 2014 DCI World Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana. Robert aged out with The Santa Clara Vanguard in 2015.
Robert has been teaching at Oviedo High School from Oviedo, Florida under the direction of Mike Hansen since 2013. He was a part of the percussion staff at Timber Creek High School under the direction of Josh King for their 2015 WGI season helping them achieve a gold medal in Scholastic A at FFCC Championships in Daytona, Florida. Robert spent his last two summers as a bass tech for The Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps for their 2017 and 2018 seasons. He is currently a bass tech for INFINITY Percussion, working with them in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Robert graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Design in Architecture and currently works as an Architectural Designer for Jacobs Engineering in Orlando, Florida.
Stephen is currently completing his music education degree from the University of North Texas, where he performs in the internationally recognized North Texas Wind Symphony, Percussion ensemble, and 2:00 Steel band. During his time at UNT, Stephen has had the opportunity to study privately with Paul Rennick, Dr. Robert Schietroma, Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Ed Smith, and Chris McWilliams.
Stephen was a member of the Troopers front ensemble in 2014 and 2015, aging out in 2016 as a section leader. Stephen is an active educator in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. He currently teaches the front ensemble at Rockwall-Heath High School of Rockwall, TX, where he also teaches private lessons.
Michael Strange is currently pursuing his masters in percussion performance at the University of Alabama. He has a B.S. in Music from Radford University where he studied with Dr. Robert Sanderl. He has had the opportunity to march in Drum Corps International in 2013 with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps and with the Santa Clara Vanguard from 2014-2017 under the direction of Paul and Sandi Rennick. During his time at Vanguard, Michael was also taught by KJ Stafford, Tyler Sammons, and Reid Paxton. The Santa Clara Vanguard received the Fred Sanford High percussion award in 2014, 2016 and 2017. Michael has had the opportunity to perform alongside many notable percussionists such as Gordon Stout, Michael Burritt, Anders Astrand, Thomas Burritt, and Maraca 2. He has also performed with the Santa Clara Vanguard percussion section at PASIC in 2015. He traveled to Ireland for a series of performances with the Radford University Wind Ensemble in 2016 and performed with the Radford University Percussion Ensemble at the Kennedy Center in 2015. In January of 2018, Michael traveled to Slovenia with Radford Percussion Ensemble to perform at Bumfest. He has taught marching band and percussion at Hickory High School, Bath County High School, Pulaski County High School, Radford High School, and James Bowie High School. During the 2018 WGI season, Michael served as a front ensemble instructor for Liberty University Indoor Drumline. Michael currently teaches the percussion section and writes the front ensemble music for the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band. This summer, Michael will be teaching at Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps as a front ensemble instructor.