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Dr. Tracy Wiggins

Dr. Wiggins

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Tracy Wiggins is coordinator of the percussion program  at The University of North Alabama.  He has a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the HARTT School, University of Hartford. Dr. Wiggins holds a Masters Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Oklahoma State University. He has done post-masters work at The Ohio State University. In addition to his teaching duties he has recently served as principal timpanist for The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, principal timpanist  of the Florence Symphony and timpanist for the Carolina Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. He currently performs as an extra percussionist and timpanist with The Huntsville Symphony. He is also a member of the tuba and percussion duo Peruba. 

Dr. Wiggins varied musical interests are reflected in his performance credits, highlights of which include: orchestral work with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra (extra), The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Florence Symphony Orchestra, The New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the Waterbury (CT) Symphony, the New Britain (CT) Symphony, the Westerville (Ohio) Civic Symphony and as principal percussionist for the Santa Fe Symphony; solo appearances at the University of Maryland at College-Park, Tarleton State University, the University of New Mexico's Composers Symposium, Oklahoma State University, Samford University, The Hartt School,  Western Connecticut State University,  The National Conservatory of Music in Amman (Jordan), The University of Alabama-Birmingham,  The 2004, 2009, 2016 Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, The National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy, and The Ohio State University; percussion and drumset work for "Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan" and the touring Broadway musical "Ragtime” with the Birmingham Broadway Series, The Birmingham Operators production of "Trouble in Tahiti," and the Birmingham Theater production of "Kiss of the Spider-woman”; concerto appearances with the Hartt School, University of New Mexico, Oklahoma State University and Ohio State University percussion ensembles, the Hartt Contemporary Players, the Oklahoma State University Symphony Orchestra and the Samford University Wind Ensemble; chamber music performances at the North American Saxophone Alliance Northeastern Conference, with "Performance 20/20, and he has twice performed on the Percussive Arts Society's "New Music" day as a member of the University of New Mexico percussion ensemble; marching percussion with the Freelancers and Black Gold Drum and Bugle Corps, as well as instructing the DCI Division III World Championship finalist Delta Brigade, Northern Aurora Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Carolina Gold Senior Drum and Bugle Corps; ethnic percussion with the Hartt School, Samford University and Ohio State University steel drum bands, the Hartt Handance Ensemble, and the Hartt and Ohio State University African Drumming Groups. As an educator, his ensembles have performed at the Bands of America Grand National Championships, The National Association for Music Education National Conference, The North Carolina Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion, The Alabama Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion, The North Carolina Music Educators In-Service Conference, and the Alabama Music Education Association State Conference.

His teachers have included Johnny Almendra, Tricia Bovenschen, Wayne Bovenschen, Michael Bump, Joe Galeota, Ralph Hardimon, Gregg Koyle, Alexander Lepak, Christopher Shultis, Ben Toth, Glen Velez and Nancy Zeltsman. Tracy has also performed on masterclasses for Evelyn Glennie, Nebojsa Zivkovic and Robert Van Sice.  Dr. Wiggins has premiered works by composers David Macbride, Thomas DeLio, Daniel Davis and others.

He is an artist/endorser for Yamaha Percussion, Black Swamp Percussion, Innovative Percussion. Remo Drum Heads and Sabian Cymbals.  Tracy Wiggins is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, Music Educators National Conference, The College Music Society, The National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Ms. Lauren Teel

Lauren Teel

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.

Mr. Rich Redmond

Rich Redmond

www.crashcourseforsuccess.com
www.richacts.com

Rich Redmond is an influential touring/recording drummer/percussionist based in Nashville, Tennessee and Los Angeles, California. His versatile, dynamic, and rock solid drumming is the sound behind many of today’s top talents.

A musical showman in the spirit of Gene Krupa, Rich has toured/recorded/performed with: Jason Aldean, Ludacris, Kelly Clarkson, Bryan Adams, Joe Perry, Jewel, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, John Eddie, Pam Tillis, Susan Ashton, Deana Carter, Kid Rock, Lauren Alaina, Trace Adkins, Randy Owens, Marty Stuart, Mindy McReady, Rushlow, Gene Watson, John Anderson, Doc Walker, Jedd Hughes, Patricia Conroy, Earl Thomas Conley, Hank Williams III, Emily West, Jo El Sonnier, Jim Brickman, Lee Brice, Steel Magnolia, The Stellas, Kevin Fowler, Bob Seger, Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans, Darius Rucker, Kenny Rogers, Jennifer Nettles, Travis Tritt, Shelly Fairchild, Craig Wayne Boyd, Dizzy Reed, Chris Cornell, Kelsea Ballerini and many others.

As the drumming powerhouse behind Grammy nominated mega star JASON ALDEAN, Rich has recorded 19 #1 singles with sales well over the 10 million mark. As a high energy showman, Rich plays to sold out crowds in amphitheaters, arenas and stadiums around the world and over 2 million fans per year.

Rich has appeared many times on the trail of late night shows such as: The Voice, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, Conan, Jimmy Fallon, The Jimmy Kimmel Show, Craig Ferguson, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Michael and Kelly Show, Ellen, Austin City Limits, The CMA Awards, The ACM Awards, The CMT Awards, The ACA Awards, numerous GAC and CMT Specials, and of course, The Grammy Awards.

As a member of the production team known as New Voice Entertainment (NV), Rich is constantly developing new talent such as Thompson Square, whose first single “Are you Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”? was a #1 single and the most played song on radio in 2011.

Rich attended The University of North Texas and toured/recorded with the prestigious 1:00 Lab Band. Rich was voted “Best Country Drummer” and “Best Clinician” by Modern Drummer Magazine in 2010 and “Best Country Drummer” by Drum! Magazine in 2011. Rich now combines his classical training and ‘street smarts’ musicianship to bring his passion filled drumming to the world.

Mr. Tyler Tolles
Tyler Tolles

http://www.tylertolles.com/

Tyler Tolles is an active percussion performer and educator, originally based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. While attending high school in Monterey, Ca., Tyler performed nd toured with the Monterey Jazz Festival High School All Star Band throughout Japan and California. They performed in a number of prestigious festivals such as the Next Generation Jazz Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival. The SF Bay Area also provided him the opportunity to perform and tour in the front ensemble for the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets (’05, ’06, ’08) and the Santa Clara Vanguard (’10).

Tyler holds both a MM-Percussion Performance and Jazz Studies at The Florida State University (FSU). As a teaching assistant for both, he worked with applied lesson students, conducted student ensembles, and taught classes like percussion methods and jazz history. He performed with the FSU University Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble 1 and Percussion Ensemble. Outside of FSU, Tyler performs with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra (acting Principal), Tallahassee Ballet, Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, and Sinfonia Gulf Coast Orchestra.

As a jazz musician, Tyler has performed in Tallahassee with a number of professional ensembles and artists including. The Capital City Jazz Orchestra, Carlos Odria Trio, Fingers Sticks & Mallets Jazz Group, Six Seis Latin Jazz Group, and the Leon Anderson Sextet. As a jazz educator, he teaches private lessons and conducts the ensembles at The Florida State University Schools.

Tyler received his BM-Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas (UNT) where he participated in various ensembles such as the Percussion Ensemble, 2 o’clock Steel Band, Symphony Orchestra, and Latin Jazz Ensemble. As an educator, he worked as a percussion instructor and private lesson teacher for various institutions including Sanger High School, Krum High School, and Southwest Guilford High School. As a performer, he has worked with various orchestras throughout the Dallas-Ft. Worth area including the Richardson, Flower Mound, and Irving Symphony Orchestras.

Over the years, Tyler has received numerous awards and honors including the 2008 Drum Corps International Open Class Championship title and the 2013 UNT College of Music Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Percussion Award. He was also a finalist in the 2011 Kerope Zildjian Scholarship Competition and winner of the 2013 Downbeat Magazine Award for Best Latin Group with the UNT Latin Jazz Ensemble and their album Late Night Mambo. He is and active member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) as well as the PAS University Committee.

Tyler’s primary teachers include: Christopher Deane, Mark Ford, Robert Schietroma, Ed Smith, Leon Anderson, Nick Finzer, and Dr. John Parks IV.

Mr. Mark Katsaounis

Mark Katsaounis

https://www.rhythmkats.com/

Genre-bending Percussionist/Composer Mark Katsaounis fuses his background in classical, chamber, world, and popular music to move effortlessly between many of New York City’s unique and exotic musical scenes. His performance credits include Percussion Group/Cincinnati, Ethos Percussion Group, The Glen Velez Ensemble, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Limbs Percussion Duo, Sheba Ensemble, Indian Dancer/Storyteller Rajika Puri, and Rhythm Vocalist Lori Cotler. Mark was the featured solo percussionist for McCarter Theatre’s production of Antony and Cleopatra, directed by Emily Mann. Additional theater credits include the Broadway production of Tuck Everlasting and puppeteer Basil Twist’s Off Broadway production, Sisters’ Follies. Mark has been heard on live television and radio broadcasts in the U.S and Mexico. As a composer, Mark has written for dance and independent film and was commissioned to create a work for the Dance Department at Frank Sinatra School for the Arts in New York City. He is on the faculty at Hunter College (CUNY) and Concordia Conservatory and is a modern dance accompanist for dance classes at Marymount Manhattan College, The Ailey School, The Neighborhood Playhouse, and American Ballet Theatre.  

Hear UNA Percussion Faculty on Podcasts: 
Tracy Wiggins on Marching Roundtable
Tracy Wiggins on @Percussion
Tracy Wiggins on Pete's Percussion Podcast
Lauren Teel on Marching Roundtable
Lauren Teel on Pete's Percussion Podcast