Jeremy Lee - Director
Jeremy Lee has been a percussionist since 1991 and won the John Phillips Sousa award at Santa Fe High School. He has played with many groups throughout the years including the Gator Band, Magic of Orlando, "Big 8" Marching Chiefs (FSU), multiple Alternative, Rock & Christian bands and many ensembles. Jeremy started his percussion career at Santa Fe High School as the percussion caption head where he won multiple top percussion awards along with back to back state championships for 6 years straight. Since that time, he has worked with multiple groups all over Florida including Jupiter, Dwyer, Palm Beach Gardens, Bell, Newberry, Oak View, Howard Bishop, Trenton, Gainesville and Citrus High School. With these various schools, Jeremy has led his groups to top honors in percussion, music, performance, best in class and state championships for the Florida Marching Band Championships.
Since 2014, Jeremy teamed up with Santa Fe High School and helped lead the band to win multiple competitions, top percussion awards and consistently made overall top 4 at state championships for FMBC. At the end of 2014, he joined WGI Winds in the inaugural season for Project Arts in the Word Division as Assistant Director and Director of Percussion. After winning multiple competitions, Project Arts received the bronze Medal at World Championships in Dayton OH.
In 2012 Jeremy started a scholastic group called Group 352 that competes in FFCC Circuit. Since that time, they have placed in the top 5 every season including a silver and bronze medal in 2014 and 2016. In 2015, he began an Independent Percussion group named Unity Percussion that competes in WGI & FFCC circuits. In the 2 years of existence Unity Percussion has won a Gold and Silver medal at FFCC championships and a bronze medal at WGI world championships. To take another step in building the Unity brand, Jeremy has started Unity Colorguard that will also compete in FFCC and WGI but in the color guard’s circuit.
Currently Jeremy is the Assistant Band Director at Bell Jr. Sr. High School, Percussion Caption Head at Santa Fe High School, Director & Founder of Group 352, Director of Percussion for Project Arts World, Director and Founder of Unity Percussion, Founder of Unity Colorguard, Director of Music for Gainesville Church of God and is the President of Jeremy Lee Designs, a Web Development company he operates and runs. He has been married to his beautiful wife since 1998 and has three gorgeous daughters and a handsome son.
Sean Barr - Visual/Choreographer - Coming Soon
Ryan Miller - Front Ensemble Tech
Ryan was born in Louisville, Kentucky and moved to Newberry when he was nine and before long found that he wanted to learn how to play music. As most musicians start, he began learning about music at Oak View middle school, until he joined Newberry High School Band Of Pride. He played with NHS for four years, and in his senior year the NHS Band of Pride went to state finals and was awarded Class 1A State Runner-up. The percussion at Newberry during his junior and senior year received 2nd in the state and won top percussion at every event! Beginning his junior year he joined Group 352 and performed for two years winning multiple awards. Since he graduated High School, he has worked as percussion staff for Williston High School and is attending Santa Fe College in order to obtain a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Ryan has also joined the new Wind Ensemble through WGI and is playing for Project Arts which will be competing throughout the United States at the World Class level. Ryan stated, "After playing with Group 352 for two years, I am very excited to be coming back as a member of the staff, and I have great aspirations for what Group 352 can achieve this season!"
Joseph Leites & Jeremy Lee - Upper Battery Tech
Joseph Leites has lived in Florida for most of his life, and began his musical studies on trumpet in middle school. Trumpet has remained his primary instrument until now, but beginning in ninth grade, he transitioned to learning marching percussion. He played trumpet for all four years of marching band, but was a part of the visual ensemble his freshman year, played quads his sophomore and junior year, and snare his senior year, all for Nease High School Indoor Percussion. Joseph is now a student at the University of Florida, and he plays quads for the Gator Band. Joseph is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music Education, with minors in Ethnomusicology and Portuguese.
Alex Alvarez - Bass Tech
Alex Alvarez moved to Florida from New Jersey in 2013. After playing saxophone in middle school, Alex joined the Nease High School Marching Band, where he played saxophone his freshman year. His sophomore year he transitioned to bass line where he found his true musical calling. Alex remained on the bass line, throughout high school both in the marching band and the indoor percussion ensemble. His junior year he was granted the position of Drum Captain and senior year the position of Percussion Captain. Alex is now a student at the University of Florida, marching bass drum for the Gator Band. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.
Justin Morin - Cymbal Tech
I have been marching cymbals for 6 years now and have loved every second of it. My approach to teaching any plate line of any level it is always Technique and sound quality first. I marched 2 years of my high school indoor line 4 during marching season and 1 year with Bradford Independent.
Max - Drill Design
Max began his marching career in 2011 with the Allen D. Nease High School Marching Band. Having found a passion for the marching arts, he decided to join the Nease Indoor Percussion Ensemble in 2013. In the 2014 indoor percussion season, Max became the Cymbal Captain for the ensemble. He was a part of the group's transition from an A class to Open Class. That year the Nease Open Percussion Ensemble won the FFCC Championships Open class division. In 2015, Max returned as Cymbal Captain as Nease Open Percussion Ensemble made WGI Open Championships Finals for the first time. Max joined Unity Percussion for their inaugural season in 2016. In the 2016 season, Max was invited to the group as a Cymbal Technician and marching member. The group went on to receive 2nd place in FFCC Championships A class division. In their inaugural year, the group also became finalists in WGI Championships in the A class division. In 2017, Max continued his career with Unity Percussion as a Cymbal Technician and marching member. That year the group received 1st place in FFCC Championships A class division. The group also went on to receive 3rd place in WGI Championships A class division. Max currently attends Florida State University where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.
Gairett Lambert - Music Arranger
Garrett Lambert is a percussion educator, performer, composer, and arranger from Tampa, Florida. As an educator, he has worked with several high school percussion programs across Florida and Alabama. He has performed with various ensembles including The Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, The University of South Florida, and The University of West Florida. Garrett currently arranges and composes for many marching and concert ensembles in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas. Garrett is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and has participated in the Northwest Florida Day of Percussion as a clinician every year since 2011. He earned his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of West Florida. Currently, he resides in Pensacola, Florida and teaches percussion at Pace High School and is a middle school band director in Escambia County, FL. Garrett is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion and the Pearl/Adams Corporation.
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