Lauren Teel

Lauren TeelContact Information
ph: 256.765.4375
UNA Box 5040 | Music Building

Education Information
M.M., Indiana University
B.M. University of North Texas

Lauren Teel is an accomplished percussion performer, arranger, and teacher with experience across the USA. She is currently the Percussion Caption Head for the DCI World Class Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps, and Front Ensemble Coordinator for the BOA Grand Nationals Finalist Center Grove Band in Greenwood, IN. 

 In 2014, Lauren was selected to perform at PASIC in Indianapolis, IN, for Leigh Howard Stevens' clinic “Marimbists guide to Performing Bach”. She was a semi-finalist in the 2015 Great Plains International Marimba Competition in Oklahoma City, OK. 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.  She is a member of the entertainment group, The Wrecking Crew, based out of Atlanta, GA.

 Lauren earned her M. M in Percussion Performance at Indiana University. She earned a B.M. in Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas.  Her studies have allowed her to study 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.

 Prior to graduate school she held the position of Director of Percussion at Allatoona High School in Cobb County, Georgia, and also taught area percussion groups including Hillgrove High School, Centennial High School, Northgate High School, the Georgia Tech Marching Band, and the North Augusta High School in South Carolina. Lauren was also the Front Ensemble Technician for DCA Member Atlanta CV Drum & Bugle Corps for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. 

 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 member of the 2009 and 2010 Phantom Regiment percussion ensemble, which received the 2010 Fred Stanford Award for high percussion, and of the 2011 Santa Clara Vanguard. Both ensembles 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, Indianapolis Zoo, and with Indiana Canine Assistant Network as a certified service dog trainer.  She is also an avid swimmer, trained lifeguard and certified scuba diver. 

 Lauren is an endorser of Marimba One and Innovative Percussion.