Girls March Founder

Raychel Taylor

Founder, Logistics and Operations

Raychel Taylor is dedicated to creating a more positive environment for young women in music to discover their voice. A native Californian, Raychel went on to earn bachelor of music degrees in performance and theory from the University of North Texas, as well as a master of music degree from Northern Illinois University. Her percussive explorations began with her experiences in Drum Corps International groups Sacramento Mandarins (2008-2009), Phantom Regiment (2010), and Santa Clara Vanguard (2011). In addition to teaching front ensembles in the greater Northern Illinois area, now Raychel directs the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra Percussion Ensemble, teaches private percussion lessons, performs regularly with berimbau world music sextet Projeto Arcomusical, and plays percussion for Salsa del Norte.

CONTACT RAYCHEL: raychel@girlsmarch.org

Meet Our Staff

Sandi Rennick

Santa Clara Vanguard

Sandi Rennick is a percussionist and marimba soloist with extensive performing and teaching experience in the DFW area and throughout the United States. She was an original cast member of the Tony and Emmy Award-winning production “Blast!”, performing in London, England, as well as a featured marimba soloist on tour throughout the United States. Sandi is currently a percussion arranger for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps (2011- present), and the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps (2013-present).

She has teaching and arranging experience with a variety of groups at all levels, including the UNT Green Brigade Marching Band, Drum Corps Japan Champions Yokohama Scouts, and Drum Corps International champions Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps (2003-2010) and Carolina Crown (1998-2004).

Sandi has participated as a clinician, performer, or adjudicator at the Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (PASIC) virtually every year since 1995, and served on the PAS Marching Committee for 13 years.

Sandi is currently on the faculty for the UNT Keyboard Percussion Symposium held each summer in Denton, TX, and taught as an Adjunct Professor of percussion at Texas A&M University-Commerce for the spring semester of 2017. She can be heard on the PBS special “Blast!”, and Mark Ford’s recordings “Motion Beyond” and “Contact.”

Sandi is a Signature Artist for Innovative Percussion, Inc., and a clinician/artist for Dynasty USA/Bergerault.

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Lauren Teel

Percussion Caption Head at Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps, Instructor at University of North Alabama and University of Montevallo

Lauren Teel is the Adjunct Instructor of Percussion at the University of Montevallo and the University of North Alabama where she teaches applied lessons, directs the University of North Alabama Percussion Ensemble and assists with the “Pride of Dixie” Marching Band. She has been the Percussion Caption Head for the DCI World Class Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps for the last five years and is the newest member of the DoubleStop Percussion Education Team.

As a percussionist, Lauren has had the opportunity to perform world wide, performing as far as Belgium to Chennai, India, where she performed 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. Lauren earned her B.M in Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas and her M.M in Percussion Performance from Indiana University.

Lauren is a proud endorser of Marimba One, Innovative Percussion, and Remo Drum Heads. In her spare time, Lauren pursues her other passion of working with animals by volunteering at the Georgia Aquarium and Indianapolis Zoo, and with ICAN as a certified service dog trainer. She is also an avid swimmer, trained lifeguard and certified scuba diver.