Raychel Taylor is an accomplished educator, performer, and arts entrepreneur in northern Illinois. Raychel is the founder of “Girls March,” an organization that advocates for women in the marching arts and offers summer music and leadership seminars where young female percussionists have direct access to some of the most influential women in the activity. She teaches percussion in multiple school districts west of Chicago and performs regularly in berimbau world music sextet Projeto Arcomusical. She also serves as Operations Manager for Arcomusical and the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, two non-profit organizations.
Though she is a native Californian, Raychel earned Bachelor of Music degrees in Percussion Performance and Music Theory from the University of North Texas, as well as a Master of Music degree from Northern Illinois University. Raychel has a substantial history in top Drum Corps International groups. She was a member of the Phantom Regiment (2010), which earned the Fred Sanford Award for high percussion that year, and the Santa Clara Vanguard (2011).
Raychel serves in the Diversity Alliance for the Percussive Arts Society and is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion and Remo products.