Lauren Teel (Texas A&M University-Commerce & Troopers D&BC)

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Lauren Teel is the Percussion Caption Head for the DCI World Class Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps, Adjunct Instructor of Percussion for Texas A&M-Commerce, Director of Percussion for Mililani High School in Mililani, Hawaii, and an ensemble member of the Heartland Marimba Ensemble. She is actively involved in the percussive arts community as both performer and educator, serving on the PAS marching committee and acting as an adjudicator for several PAS international competitions, including the 2018 Percussive Arts Society International Chamber Ensemble Competition and the 2019 Percussive Arts Society International Solo Marimba Competition.

​During the 2018/2019 academic year, Lauren served as the Interim Instructor of Percussion for The University of Alabama, and Adjunct Instructor for the Million Dollar Band Front Ensemble. Prior to this appointment, she was an Adjunct Instructor of Percussion at several universities, including The University of North Alabama, The University of Alabama- Birmingham, and The University of Montevallo. In addition, Lauren was a member of the percussion educational team “ Double Stop Percussion” based out of Birmingham, AL.

In 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 an on-screen timpanist. While living in Atlanta, Lauren performed as a member of the NFL Atlanta Falcons Drum Line. In 2018, Lauren was invited to perform the solo marimba piece, Free Flight, by composer and pianist Muriel Roth, as part of the 2018 PASIC Focus Day events.

Lauren earned her M.M. in Percussion Performance at Indiana University in 2016 and a B.M. in Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas 2012. She was a member of the 2009 and 2010 DCI World Class Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps, and of the 2011 Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps.

In her spare time, Lauren pursues her other passion of working with animals by volunteering at the Georgia Aquarium, and with ICAN as a certified service dog trainer. She is an avid free diver, trained lifeguard, and certified scuba diver.

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