Nicole Casino

Nicole Casino has performed with a number of award-winning DCI and WGI ensembles, including Pulse Percussion (2011-2013), RCC (2014-2015), Bluecoats (2011), and Blue Devils (2012-2013). She served as section leader for Pulse Percussion in 2013 and was the first female center snare for the Blue Devils that same year.  

Nicole currently works as a percussionist and performer for the Disneyland Resort. She holds a Master of Arts from Berklee College of Music in Music Business and Global Entertainment.

Alongside her dynamic performing career, Nicole found a passion for percussion education, teaching all levels of ensembles across the world. Most notably, she has worked with Chino Hills High School, Vista Murrieta High School, Broken City, Blue Knights, and the Malmö Drum Corps of Malmö, Sweden.

She remains a consultant for ensembles around the globe in both the marching arts and the music business. She owns her own Artist Management and Label Services company, 92 Creatives and is active in the music industry. With a wide range of experiences, she has developed a unique style all her own and loves to inspire percussionists to create their own idea and tell their own story through their art.

Jamese Moses

Jamese Moses is from Winston Salem, North Carolina. She began playing drum set as a child in church, taking after her father, James Moses. She continued to build her passion around percussion throughout high school and into her early college years. Upon graduation Jamese auditioned for the Blue and Gold Marching Machine University Band at North Carolina A&T State University in 2013. While pursuing a bachelors degree in Business Marketing she marched snare drum in the world renown ColdSteel Drumline for 2 years.

The 2019 Hit Like A Girl Drum Contest Marching Champion, today Jamese performs across the country with “Find Your Rhythm Entertainment” under the direction of Performance Paradigm. Alongside performing, Jamese is dedicated to instructing young musicians along their school careers and helping them find their purpose in their passion.

Jamese resides in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where she works manages the social media accounts of FYR Entertainment, Snare Si Phi Fraternity, Inc. and her own personal accounts alongside her continuous pursuit of her passion in music. She is a TRX Cymbal Artist.

Mark Perrett

Mark Perrett is an energetic and innovative percussion educator from Florida. As Co-Founder of Gridbook Percussion, Mark has become a world-wide influencer in the percussion community. He has been teaching and performing in the marching activity for over 15 years. His drum corps experience includes touring as a snare performer with the Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps in 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2007. In 2004 and 2007, Teal Sound placed 3rd overall in the Division III DCI World Championships, and was awarded the percussion gold medal for the 2004 season.

In 2008, Mark was the snare technician for the Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps and has been a percussion arranger, clinician, and consultant for numerous high school percussion programs in Florida since 2005. Mark held the position of Battery Coordinator with the Tarpon Springs Outdoor Performance Ensemble from 2013 – 2018. The program marched in the 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and was named the Bands Of America Grand National Champions in 2014.

Since 2012, mark has co-authored and published over 12 method books, multiple warm ups for drumline, and solo literature that is used by percussionists all over the world. He has exhibited his books at events like PASIC and WGI Finals, and his pedagogy has been mentioned in percussion articles like and Rhythm & Drums Magazine in Japan. His work has also been showcased at Tropicana Field with the Tampa Bay Rays, Sunset Music Festival, STRAZ Performing Arts Center, TEDx Orlando, and featured on PBS.

Mark continues to push the boundaries of percussion education with Gridbook and innovates the way drumming is taught online with over 30 million impressions a year across multiple social media platforms.

In addition to his talents as a percussion educator, Mark earned a Master’s Degree in Architecture + Community Design from the University of South Florida and is well-versed in graphic design, marketing, photography, videography, apparel design, social media, content creation, branding, and web design.

Raychel Taylor

Raychel Taylor is an ardent educator, performer, and arts entrepreneur in northern Illinois. Motivated by her passion to provide young female percussionists with direct access to female mentorship, Raychel created “Girls March,” an organization that advocates for women in the marching arts. Her vision is realized through music and leadership seminars with some of the most influential women in the activity. She teaches private lessons, instructs front ensembles and drumlines for a variety of high schools west of Chicago, and is an active percussion clinician. Raychel performs regularly as a member of berimbau sextet Projeto Arcomusical.

Though she is a native Californian, Raychel earned Bachelor of Music degrees in Percussion Performance and Music Theory from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music degree from Northern Illinois University. Her drum corps experience includes Sacramento Mandarins (2008-2009), Phantom Regiment (2010), which earned the Fred Sanford Award for High Percussion that year, and the Santa Clara Vanguard (2011). 

Raychel has taught the percussion ensembles for the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and served in an administrative role for the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra. In the summer of 2019, Raychel worked as Percussion Manager for the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, a Weill Music Institute program. She has also been a clinician for events such as MalletLab and Percussive Arts Society (PAS) Days of Percussion.

Raychel serves on the PAS Diversity Alliance, coordinates the Hit Like A Girl Marching Contest, and proudly endorses Innovative Percussion and Remo.

Sandi Rennick

Sandi Rennick is a percussionist and marimba soloist with extensive performing and teaching experience in the DFW area and throughout the United States. An original cast member of the Tony and Emmy Award-winning production “Blast!”, Sandi performed 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).

Sandi 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).

A member of the Percussive Arts Society since 1995, Sandi served on the PAS Marching Committee for 13 years, and was elected to the PAS Board of Advisors in 2019.

Sandi is an Adjunct Professor of Percussion at the University of North Texas and Texas A&M University-Commerce. In addition to her drum corps responsibilities in the summer, she also serves on the faculty of the UNT Keyboard Percussion Workshop, and is a clinician for the Girls March music and leadership camps.

Sandi is a Signature Artist for Innovative Percussion, Inc., and a clinician/artist for Dynasty USA, Remo Drumheads, and SABIAN / Gon Bops Percussion.

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