Staff

Liz Pesnel

Liz Pesnel is the Managing Director of Third Coast Percussion.

Liz was raised in a musical family in Albany, NY.  She grew up playing upright bass, and at a young age, had the opportunity to study with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and perform at Carnegie Hall.  She went on to receive a Bachelor of Music from Syracuse University, majoring in Music Business and Music History, with a focus on Upright Bass and Harp Performance.

From 2006 to 2015, Liz held a number of key positions at The Windish Agency. Alongside radio promotions expert Robbie Lloyd (Interscope Records), she launched the agency’s Tour Marketing Department. As the Tour Marketing Manager, she oversaw marketing strategies for tours of various artists like The xx, Pink Martini, Lorde, and First Aid Kit.  Prior to the launch of the Tour Marketing Department, Liz worked as an agent alongside founder, Tom Windish, booking acts such as Foster The People, Lykke Li, and M83.  Previously, she has held positions at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, The Lincoln Center Festival and Blue Note Records.­

In addition to her position with Third Coast Percussion, Liz teaches at Columbia College Chicago and performs in Gussied, a bluegrass wedding band.


Colin Campbell

Colin Campbell, Studio Manager

A trained percussionist, Colin Campbell spent over a decade performing and/ or recording with artists such as Arlo Guthrie, Maya Beiser, On Fillmore and Radiolab Live: Apocalyptic. His playing can be heard on the score for the documentary “Maidentrip.”

Since his retirement from performing, he has continued to be an active member of the Lyon & Healy/ Salvi Harp Technicians’ Guild, serving harpists worldwide, including Opera Australia, the National Symphony and National Opera of México and many others. He is also a woodworking and restoration specialist at Century Mallet Instrument Service in Chicago.

When he’s not working, Campbell enjoys advancing his woodworking skills, smoking various meats, and sitting quietly with a glass of bourbon.


Rebecca McDaniel

Rebecca McDaniel, Office Assistant

Rebecca is passionate about sharing music with others and about supporting the creativity of young musicians. She grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, learning piano from her mom and Paul Simon tunes from her aunts and uncles. She attended Furman University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Earth and Environmental Sciences. After a year working in Furman’s Shi Center for Sustainability and teaching high school percussion, she moved to Columbia, MO, to pursue her Master of Music at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her teachers were Omar Carmenates, Megan Arns, and Brandon Robertson.

Dedicated to sustainable living, Rebecca is particularly fascinated with eco-centric music. She loves to unite her academic disciplines by facilitating dialogue between artists and scientists. An active chamber percussionist, Rebecca is privileged to work often with contemporary composers, especially with her Missouri-based percussion trio, Rare Form. She also teaches percussion lessons to students of all ages. When she isn’t playing or teaching music, she is most likely found hiking, biking, or curled up in the sun with a good book.