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Percussion

Lauren Teel
Percussion Caption Head READ BIO

Dan Sailer
Battery Coordinator READ BIO

Brice Freeman
Snare Tech READ BIO

David Cavazos
Snare Tech READ BIO

Travis Boren
Tenor Tech READ BIO

Webb Sheely
Tenor Tech READ BIO

Michael Swain
Bass Tech READ BIO

Izaiah McDowell
Bass Tech READ BIO

Stephen Symank
Front Ensemble Tech READ BIO

Michael Strange
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Kaleb Hascall
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Amelia Baptista
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LAUREN TEEL

Percussion Caption Head

Lauren Teel is Adjunct Instructor of Percussion for Texas A&M Commerce, Adjunct Instructor of Percussion for the University of North Alabama, Director of Percussion for Mililani High School, and percussion teacher for the University of North Texas Green Brigade. Prior to these positions, Lauren worked with several universities including the University of 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 drum lines under the instruction of Paul Rennick.  Lauren was also a member of the Championship University of North Texas “A” Line which competed at the 2008 Percussive Arts Society International Conference Marching contest. As a teacher, Laurens marching experience includes Front Ensemble Coordinator for Atlanta CV Drum & Bugle Corps and for WGI Scholastic World  & BOA Finalist Center Grove High School. 

 

As a performer, Lauren has had the opportunity to perform world wide, performing as far as Belgium to Chennai, India, where, in 2012, 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.

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DAN SAILER

Battery Coordinator

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. 

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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 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.

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DAVID CAVAZOS

Snare Tech

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  Troopers dbc in 2015 and two years with The Santa Clara Vanguard, where he was a part of the snare line, winning the Fred Sanford high percussion award in 2016 and 2017.

 

He currently works in the North Texas area where he teaches at a number of school districts. He has also performed, and continues to perform with many groups in the area such as with such ensembles as the Dallas Mavericks Drumline, the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

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TRAVIS BOREN

Tenor Tech

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.

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WEBB SHEELY

Tenor Tech

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 educators including Paul Rennick, Sandi Rennick, Mark Ford, Christopher Deane and Stockton Helbing. Webb holds a private lesson studio at Azle High School and has taught the Boonevile High School Drumline, the Azle High School Drumline as well as the University of North Texas Green Brigade Tenorline. 

As a student at North Texas, Webb has performed with multiple percussion ensembles, including being a featured soloist with the Percussion Group. He also has been a member of the 8 and 2 O’Clock Steel Bands, the Green Brigade Marching Band and has been the section leader 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 PASIC 2019.  In 2019, Webb was a member and leader of the award winning PASIC UNT Quad Ensemble. The ensemble premiered his piece, “Appetizer, No Entree” and took 1st place. 

Webb performed with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2018 and 2019 serving as tenor 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.

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MICHAEL SWAIN

Bass Tech

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.

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IZAIAH McDOWELL

Bass Tech

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 from UT Arlington and is a battery tech during marching band season. He’s taught at Birdville High School, Arlington High School, and is currently teaching at James Martin High School in Arlington and Coppell High School in Coppell, Texas .

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STEPHEN SYMANK

Front Ensemble Tech

Stephen Symank is a percussion performer and educator based in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. He 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. He also currently teaches the front ensemble at Birdville High School in North Richland Hills, Texas, where he also teaches private lessons.

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.

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MICHAEL STRANGE

Front Ensemble Tech

Mr. Strange is a percussionist, educator, and arranger from Chesapeake, Virginia. He has an extensive background in the marching arts, serving on the percussion staff at both Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps and the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps. He was a member of the 2013 Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps Front Ensemble playing xylophone, as well as the Santa Clara Vanguard from 2014-2017 playing vibraphone, xylophone, and center marimba and section leader in 2017. The Santa Clara Vanguard, under the direction of Paul and Sandi Rennick, received the Fred Sanford High percussion award in 2014, 2016 and 2017. In 2015, Mr. Strange performed with the Santa Clara Vanguard percussion section at PASIC. 

 

Mr. Strange earned his Master of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Alabama. During his time in Alabama, he instructed and arranged for the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band Front Ensemble. While at Alabama, he had the opportunity to perform at NBA and CBDNA with the Alabama Wind Ensemble and Symphonic band. Mr. Strange is leaving the University of Alabama on a high note, as they have won the PAS International Percussion Ensemble competition. 

 

Mr. Strange earned his B.S. in Music from Radford University. At Radford, he had the opportunity to perform alongside many notable percussionists such as Gordon Stout, Michael Burritt, Anders Astrand, Thomas Burritt, and Maraca 2. In 2016, he traveled to Ireland for a series of performances with the Radford University Wind Ensemble. He also had the honor of performing with the Radford University Percussion Ensemble at the Kennedy Center in 2015. In January of 2018, Michael traveled to Slovenia with the Radford University Percussion Ensemble to perform at Bumfest. He is excited to join the team at Azle!

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KALEB HASCALL

Front Ensemble Tech

Kaleb Hascall has just graduated with his music education degree at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri.  He has been a member of the NWMSU Wind Symphony, Orchestra, and Percussion Ensemble for five years. The Wind Symphony was selected to perform for the Missouri Music Educators Association conference in 2017 and the Nebraska Music Educators Association conference in 2019. As a performer, Kaleb won first place in the timpani division of MMPAT (Mid-Missouri Percussion Arts Trophy) as a freshman in 2016 and the next time the competition was held in 2020. He was also selected to perform as the principal timpanist in the 2017 Missouri All-Collegiate Orchestra. Kaleb has been selected as a winner of the Northwest Missouri State University Concerto Competition twice. He has also been in the Missouri All-Collegiate Percussion Ensemble multiple times, and the Missouri All-Collegiate Band. Kaleb is the principal timpanist for the Heart of America Winds and is a section percussionist with the Saint Joseph Symphony. 

Kaleb was the timpanist with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2016 and 2017. In 2017 he was the Drum Corps International Individual and Ensemble Solo Timpani Champion. In 2018 he aged out of drum corps as the timpanist for the World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard who also won the Fred Sanford award for high percussion.

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AMELIA BAPTISTA

Front Ensemble Tech

Amelia Hascall graduated college in 2019 from Texas Women’s University Houston with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a minor in Psychology. She currently works as a registered nurse at Indiana University Bloomington Health Hospital. Amelia has also been working on her master’s degree with a focus in case management for nursing. 

Amelia is an alumni of the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps. She began marching in the front ensemble her rookie year in 2014 and finished her age out in 2019. As a front ensemble performer, she played multiple instruments including synth, vibraphone, and marimba. In 2016, Amelia also performed with the WGI indoor percussion group Vigilantes Indoor Percussion on vibraphone. They won the 2016 independent open class championships. In addition, although she was pursuing her studies in nursing, she also took a semester in 2017 to perform with the 2 o’clock UNT steel pan ensemble.