Bill Bachman

Bill Bachman has studied percussion performance at the University of North Texas and is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music. He’s an international drum clinician and the road drummer in Neal Morse’s USA-based progressive rock band. Bill has played with and instructed many award-winning marching percussion groups including the UNT drumline, Cadets, Bluecoats, Blue Knights, and Carolina Crown in his 12 years touring with drum and bugle corps.

He’s the author of Row-Loff’s Rudimental Logic, Quad Logic, and Bass Logic; designer of Vic Firth’s Heavy Hitter pad series; producer of the instructional drum DVDs “Rudimental Beats” and “Reefed Beats”; and is a contributing writer for Modern Drummer magazine. Bill is an endorser/clinician for Dynasty drums, Remo drumheads, Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks & mallets, Row-Loff Productions, and Sensaphonics earplugs.

Matt Quinlan

Matt Quinlan earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from Iowa State University and a Master of Music Degree from The University of North Texas with Ethnomusicology as his related field. He was a participant in the Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Seminar and holds a Texas All Level Music Education Certificate.

Matt has taught at Clear Lake High School in Houston, Mansfield High School and spent eleven years at Flower Mound High School building a nationally recognized program. With his help, his students earned five Grammy Signature School Gold awards and played at the Midwest Convention and Clinic three times. He led the percussionists to win the Percussive Arts Society Marching Division Championship for the two consecutive years of 2006/2007 and also finished third in 2008, as well as, second in 2012.

Mr. Quinlan now serves as a clinician, adjudicator, consultant, writer and performer throughout the United States. He is founder of Discover Your Rhythm, a service-based percussion company that brings music to seniors and students of all ages. His professional affiliations include: the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Band Masters Association, the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, the Percussive Arts Society, Innovative Percussion, and Pi Kappa Psi (Honors Music Fraternity).

Rick Rodriguez

Mr. Rick Rodriguez is currently the percussion director and Associate band director at Cedar Ridge High School, Round Rock TX.  Rick has been the director of the Cedar Ridge Symphonic Band and is currently assisting all of the Cedar Ridge Concert Bands and the Cedar Ridge Wind Ensemble. He is also the primary director of the Cedar Ridge Jazz Ensemble and the Cedar Ridge percussion program. Mr Rodriguez and his ensembles have been fortunate to have several appearances at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic held annually in Chicago IL.

Mr. Rodriguez is also a busy and active percussion arranger and versatile clinician. In his younger days, Rick was the “center snare” of the infamous University of North TX PASIC Drum Line where he earned his bachelor’s degree. Rick was also a snare drummer for the Concord Blue Devils. Rick has been a staff member of the Blue Devils, Phantom Regiment, Blue Knights and is currently with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. He has also been on the adjudicating staff of Drum Corps International (DCI), Bands of America (BOA) and is currently on the WGI judging panel. Mr. Rodriguez is endorsed by the Zildjian Cym Co., Innovative Percussion, and Evans Drum Heads.

Lauren Teel

Lauren Teel is the Percussion Caption Head for the DCI World Class Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps, an ensemble member of the Heartland Marimba Ensemble, and Director of Percussion for Mililani High School in Mililani, Hawaii on the island of Oahu. She is a recognized Innovative Percussion Educational Artist, Marimba One Educational Artist, Zildjian Marching Artist and Remo Educational Artist. 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.

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. 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 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.