United is once again excited to announce another addition to our staff. Taylor Yozwiak will be a part of our 2018 Staff as a Front Ensemble Technician.

Throughout his performing career, Taylor has won numerous awards for outstanding musicianship. These awards include the 2012 Vic Firth Scholarship, the Chancellor’s Talent in the Arts Scholarship from the University of Massachusetts, and the “Semper Fidelis” award for Musical Excellence presented by the Marine Corps League.  As the Timpanist for The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, Taylor won a World Championship with the Corps in 2011 and was awarded the Cadets Distinguished Service Award in 2012. Most recently, Taylor was a prize-winning soloist in the 2015 Atlanta Modern Snare Drum Competition and was honored to be featured as a Vic Firth artist and educator.

As an educator, Taylor has led and arranged for programs at the high school and collegiate level in Maryland, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Texas, and Florida. Taylor also spent four years as a percussion staff member with The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps from 2013-2016. Taylor has since been on staff as a Front Ensemble Instructor for The Boston Crusaders.

Taylor completed his Master of Music Degree in Percussion Performance from the Frost School of Music. During this time, Taylor studied with world-renowned percussionist Svet Stoyanov, directed the Miami “Frost Band of the Hour” Drumline, and performed throughout the rich musical scene in Miami. After graduating from The University of Miami, Taylor moved to Orlando, Florida to work as the Assistant Director of Bands/Director of Percussion Studies at William R. Boone High School. During this time, Taylor maintained an active performance schedule throughout central and southern Florida while appearing with groups such as the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, the Southwest Florida Symphony, and the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra.

Having worked as a musician, educator, and arranger throughout the country, Taylor originally grew up in Columbia, Maryland. As of August 2017, Taylor returned home to begin working as the Assistant Director of Athletic Bands/Director of Marching Percussion at Towson University.

It is very clear that Taylor is very devoted to his passion of studying percussion along with passing down knowledge to a new generation of extremely skilled performers. His addition to our staff is another asset in a long line of people that are working to take United to new heights.
— Chad Moore, Director