This led him to pursue his Bachelor of Music at Arizona State University, where he had a widely diverse education including performance opportunities with the university’s Brazillian percussion ensemble, contemporary percussion ensemble, percussion jazz ensemble, Pan Devils Steel Drum Band. Throughout this time, Mr. Stell was almost always teaching, primarily in the high school marching band circuit.

He moved to Los Angeles to pursue advanced degrees in percussion at the University of Southern California. Immediately upon graduation, Tyler was the inaugural percussion director of the very first U.S. branch of Mexico’s Esperanza Azteca Youth Orchestra, an organization with dozens of chapters throughout its home country.

As a performer, Mr. Stell has been principal timpanist of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra since 2015, and performs regularly with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as an extra percussionist and timpanist, including as a soloist in Philip Glass’ “Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra” on the Philharmonic’s Symphonies for Youth series.