Featuring Multi-Percussionist, Raychel Taylor
Directed by Douglass Bratt

Dec. 9, 2021

Dorothy Menker Theater

Selections for this evening’s performance will be chosen from the following:

Berimbau Solo No. 1, "Home-ing"
Gregory Beyer
Featuring Raychel Taylor, berimbau

Carol of the Cowbells
Arranged by John Willmarth

Nathan Daughtrey

Fios e Linhas
Gregory Beyer
Featuring Raychel Taylor, berimbau

Andrea Venet
Featuring Raychel Taylor, snare drum

Max Power
Daniel Montoya, Jr.

Francisco Perez

O Tannenbaum
Arranged by Jesse Mattson

Twelve Drum Fills of Christmas
English Traditional
Arranged by Jesse Mattson
Featuring a very special guest from WAY up north …

When You Hear the Drum
Brian Slawson

Moraine Valley Percussion Ensemble Fall 2021 Personnel:

Isaias Gomez

Ava Gordon

Cara Hickey

Matthew Kochniarczyk

Maria Kryszak

Jonathan Michalik

Kimberly Nicholson

Thomas O’Brien

Nicholas Sanchez

Arianna Simmons

Maura Vizza

Luke Wlazlo

Christine Wyatt

Moraine Valley Student

Moraine Valley Student/Angelo Caputo’s

Moraine Valley Student/Homegoods

Moraine Valley Student

Retail Sales

Software Engineer III

Musical Entrepreneur



Outreach Librarian

Moraine Valley Communications Specialist/Sports Information Coordinator

Moraine Valley Student

General Music Teacher

Tonight’s Special Guest:

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 for events such as the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) Days of Percussion. Raychel performs regularly as a member of berimbau sextet Arcomusical.
Though she is originally from California, 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. Raychel took an interest in ethnomusicology, studying everything from Afro-Cuban batá drumming, to Brazilian capoeira songs, calypso and salsa. She also had the opportunity to study Balinese gamelan in Bali.

Additionally, Raychel has experience working with youth orchestras in different capacities. She taught the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra percussion ensembles and served in an administrative role for the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra. In the summer of 2019, Raychel was the Percussion Manager for the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, a Weill Music Institute program. Raychel’s drum corps history includes Sacramento Mandarins (2008-2009), earning the Fred Sanford Award for High Percussion with Phantom Regiment (2010), and Santa Clara Vanguard (2011). Raychel serves on the Percussive Arts Society’s Diversity Alliance and is an educational artist for Dynasty USA, Innovative Percussion Inc., and Remo Drumheads.

Doug BratDouglass Bratt
Director, Moraine Valley Percussion Ensemble

Chicago-area percussionist and educator Douglass Bratt has performed at the Jazz à Vienne, North Sea and Montreux Jazz Festivals as well as noted Chicago venues such as the Jazz Showcase, the Green Mill and Millennium Park. He has worked alongside colleagues such as Kyle Asche, Kimberly Gordon, Stuart Mindeman, Sarah Marie Young, Jo Ann Daugherty, Victor Garcia, Rich Moore and Liam Teague. In addition, Bratt performed with Under the Streetlamp, a group featuring the former Chicago cast of Jersey Boys, in their second national PBS television special. In 2006, Bratt joined with saxophonist/composer Douglas Stone to create the Stone/Bratt Big Band, a group dedicated to the performance of original big band music. The band released their full-length album, Stone Bratt Big Band, in 2008.

Bratt has taught students ranging in age from 4 to 80 and has been a clinician/visiting artist at DePaul University, the University of Texas at Arlington, University of Missouri, Truman State University, VanderCook College of Music as well as numerous K-12 programs throughout Illinois. Other invited appearances include guest directing the 2021 Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) District 8 Senior Jazz Ensemble, presenting at the 2014 Illinois Music Education Conference (IMEC) and serving as a panelist for the 2012 and 2017 Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (PASIC). Under his direction, the Moraine Valley Percussion Ensemble was selected to perform at the 2017 IMEC. In 2015 Bratt was inducted into the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Co-Curricular Hall of Fame.

Bratt is a tenured professor of music at Moraine Valley Community College where he serves as coordinator of Academic Music, instructor of applied percussion and directs the college’s jazz ensemble, concert band and percussion ensemble. A strong supporter of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), Bratt was host of the 2016 Illinois PAS Day of Percussion and has served as both president and secretary/treasurer of the Illinois PAS Chapter. Bratt also is proud to be a Remo Education Artist and Balter Mallets Artist.

Bratt received a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s degree in music with an emphasis in percussion performance and pedagogy from Northern Illinois University, where he toured for three years in the acclaimed NIU Jazz Ensemble. Additional scholarship includes a bachelor’s in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and African drumming and dance studies with Ghanaian master-drummer, Frederic Kwasi Dunyo. His principal percussion instructors are Rich Holly, Robert Chappell, Jeff Stitely, Orlando Cotto, Joel Spencer, Jeffrey Moore, and William Elliott, SGM.

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Fine and Performing Arts Center Staff

Managing Director

Technical Director

Assistant Technical Director


Art Gallery Coordinator

Front-of-House Staff

Technical Crew

Tommy Hensel

Sean McIntosh

Amanda Hantson

MaryAnn Luciano-Smith

Cecilia Vargas

Ramsey Bauer, Karen Datro, Page Domikaitis, Tom Gerez, Robin Kmiec, Jim Novak, David Roczkowski, Lisa Rock, Sujith Saju

Jaclyn Bobbitt, Nathan Carpenter, Alex Craig, Samm Hilger, Jessica Miller, Tom Schoenbeck, Guadalupe Sosa, Quintin Turnbow

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