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Lauren Teel is the Instructor of Percussion for the University of Alabama, Principal Percussionist of the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, Adjunct Instructor for the Million Dollar Band Front Ensemble, and the Percussion Caption Head for the DCI World Class Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps. Lauren currently serves on the PAS Marching committee.
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. Her studies have allowed her to train with renowned percussionists including Kevin Bobo, Steve Houghton, Michael Spiro, Paul Rennick, John Tafoya, Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, She-E Wu, Robert Schietroma and Ed Smith.
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 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.
Following graduate school, Lauren served as Adjunct Instructor of Percussion at the University of North Alabama, 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. Lauren also serves as traveling instructor of percussion for Center Grove HS in Greenwood, IN and Mililani HS in Mililani, HI. Prior to graduate school, she held the position of Director of Percussion at Allatoona High School in Cobb County, Georgia.
During her time at Indiana University, she was a member of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music New Music Ensemble, principal percussionist of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Wind Ensemble and a member of the University’s Percussion Ensemble. She competed as a semi-finalist in the 2015 Great Plains Marimba Competition in Oklahoma City, OK.
While attending the University of North Texas, Lauren was a member of the 17-time PAS National Champion University of North Texas Indoor Drum Line. In 2008, the group won first place at PASIC and in 2011 they traveled to Europe for a special guest performance at the 2011 IPE Championships. She was a four year member of the renowned 2 O'Clock Steel Pan Band, as a lead player, a member of the UNT Percussion Ensemble, and a member of the UNT Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dennis Fisher.
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.
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 swimmer, trained lifeguard and certified scuba diver.