Jeremy Lee - Founder & Director

Jeremy Lee

Originally from West Palm Beach, Jeremy Lee 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, a number of ensembles and attended Santa Fe HS where he was awarded the John Philip Sousa Award. 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.

Jeremy teamed up with Santa Fe High School again in 2014 and helped lead the band to win multiple competitions, top percussion awards including best percussion at state and two runner-up titles 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 the Assistant Director and director of Percussion. In their inaugural season at World Championships Project Arts received the Bronze Medal.

Jeremy started a scholastic group at Bell HS and they compete in FFCC. For the last 5 years, they have placed in the top 5 every season. In 2015, he began an Independent group named Unity Percussion in WGI (Winter Guard International) that competed in the 2016 season. At FFCC Championships Unity Percussion was the overall silver medalist in the state of Florida and in their inaugural season they made finals and placed eighth overall at World Championships.

Currently, Jeremy is the Assistant Band Director at Bell Jr. Sr. High School, the Percussion Caption Head at Santa Fe High School, the Director & Founder of Group 352, Director of Percussion for Project Arts World, Director and Founder of Unity Percussion, Director of Music for Gainesville Church of God and is the President of Jeremy Lee Designs which is a Web Development company. He has been married to his beautiful wife for nearly 20 years and has three gorgeous daughters and a handsome son.

Director of Music - Dr. Ray Donato

Dr. Ray Donato

Dr. Raymond Donato holds a Bachelor of Music in Education and a Master of Arts in Music from Florida Atlantic University, as well as a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida.  After his collegiate musical studies with Seth Wexler of the Florida Philharmonic and Dr. Michael Parola of The Harid Conservatory, he gained 13 years experience as a percussion instructor and arranger for various South Florida school music programs, before moving to the Orlando area.

Dr. Donato was a member of the Florida Wave Drum and Bugle Corps from 1989-1990, and the Concord Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps from 1991-1992.   He then served as front ensemble technician and/or arranger for: Suncoast Sound, Florida Guardsmen, Heatwave Senior and The Magic Drum & Bugle Corps, which included the role of Caption Head for the 2006 competitive season.

Previously, Dr. Donato served as the Marching Band Director and Percussion Coordinator at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, followed by Director of Bands at Eustis High School and Music Director at Groveland Elementary School in Lake County, Florida.  Currently he is the Music Specialist at Round Lake Charter School in Mt. Dora, Florida.

Dr. Donato is one of the four initial founders of STRYKE Percussion, which is a WGI Independent World Finalist as well as a former Open Class Bronze & two-time Silver Medalist.  Over the course of 10 seasons, Dr. Donato served in such roles as Ensemble Director, Board Member, Show Designer, Music Arranger and Program Coordinator.  Additionally, Dr. Donato served as the Program Coordinator and Music Arranger for RPT Percussion and Program Coordinator and Front Ensemble arranger for INFINITY 3, the 2016 WGI Percussion Independent A Class Silver Medalist.

Dr. Donato is a member of The Florida Music Educators Association, The Florida Elementary Music Educators Association, The Percussive Arts Society and The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).  Dr. Donato is also endorsed by Vic Firth Drumsticks, and is a member of their Education Team as a Marching Percussion Specialist.  He is an active Music and Percussion Adjudicator with the both the Central States Judges Association, where he served as the Percussion Caption Head from 2009-2012, as well as the Florida Federation of Judges Association.

Program Director/Visual - Josh Wendt

Josh Wendt

Originally from Pennsylvania, Joshua has spent the last ten years cultivating his musical and creative lifestyle in Gainesville, Florida. Graduating from his alma mater in 2009, Joshua has since worked diligently to help progress the arts and participating ensembles towards a creativity fused future.

On the football field, Joshua has served marching bands and drum corps in various capacities for 7 years. He has enjoyed playing multiple roles for ensembles, including serving as both a brass/visual caption head, body movement choreographer, program coordinator, consultant, as well as being an actively sought clinician. Some of the programs he has worked for include the 8-time Florida State Champion Santa Fe High School, 3-time Texas State Champion and 2016 BOA Grand National 5th place finalist Cedar Park High School, BOA Atlanta Super Regional finalist West Wood High School, Phantom Regiment, and the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps.

Joshua's artistic talents extend into the indoor arena as well. As the program coordinator and director of the Nease High School indoor percussion from 2013-2016, Nease experienced a rise from Scholastic A class to Scholastic Open class as well as their first ever WGI Finals appearances. With his guidance, Nease Percussion was a back to back WGI Orlando regional champion, WGI Spartanburg regional champion, and a two time FFCC Gold Medalist in Scholastic Open class (2014, 2016). Nease was also a 2015 and 2016 top ten Scholastic Open finalist at the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio and was the recipient of back to back Fan Favorite awards. In 2016 Joshua was part of a team that established a new Independent A class percussion ensemble based out of Gainesville, Fl under the moniker "Unity Percussion". In their inaugural year they enjoyed a top ten finish at WGI Finals and in 2017 were the FFCC Independent A Gold Medalist and claimed the Bronze Medal and WGI Fan Favorite award in WGI Finals. In 2017, Joshua joined the design teams of Ancient City Ensemble (Independent Open, 2017 WGI Semi-Finalist), Lewisville High School Percussion (NTCA 2017 Scholastic A Class Gold Medalists), Newsome High School Percussion ( 2017 WGI Scholastic Open 4th place finalist and FFCC Gold Medalist), and Homer Hanna High School Percussion (Scholastic World, 2017 WGI 7th place finalist).

With the inclusion of the WGI Winds activity, Josh has been lucky to contribute with Stryke Wynds based out of West Palm Beach, Florida. As a program consultant and head body movement designer, Josh has been fortunate to play a part in Strykes successes. In 2016, Stryke was the WGI Independent Open Gold Medalist. In 2017, after a late season promotion Stryke concluded their season as the Independent World Silver Medalist. Joshua has also become more involved in the judging realm as well, serving as an adjudicator in the FMBC (Florida Marching Band Circuit), FFCC (Florida Federation of Colorguard Circuit), and GCGPC (Gulf Coast Guard and Percussion Circuit).

Battery Coordinator - Will Digeloromo

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Front Ensemble Technician - Patrick Bain

Patrick began his study of percussion when he was 9 years old and started taking private lessons on drumset and concert percussion when he was 10. While at Jupiter High School, Patrick dedicated two outdoor marching band seasons and one indoor percussion season to front ensemble playing marimba and two outdoor/one indoor to battery playing tenors. During this time, he served as the Front Ensemble Section Leader, Battery Section Leader (winning Best Percussion in 3A at FMBC in 2013), and Percussion President (winning State Championships for 3A in 2014). During these years, Patrick received numerous awards and recognitions as a musician, including selection for All-State concert ensembles in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade, 4th Place in the Pathfinder Scholarship Competition for music/instrumental, and the John Philip Sousa Award.

Patrick currently attends the University of Florida where he studies music performance and mechanical engineering. At UF, Patrick is a quad player and section leader for the Florida Drum Line. He also is involved with the UF Wind Symphony and the UF Percussion Ensemble, while performing in a wide variety of chamber ensembles for recitals through the year. He serves as a School of Music Ambassador and was the recipient of the Frances Millikan Reitz Music Scholarship in 2016.

Snare Technician's - Tripp Jones & Jordan Roberson

Tripp JonesTripp Jones began his drumming career with the 3-time state champion Jupiter High School marching band. Tripp also competed with the two-time circuit champion Jupiter High School Winter Percussion. As center snare, Tripp helped lead STRYKE Percussion 2 to a WGI gold medal in their inaugural season of 2016. Tripp is currently a student at the University of Florida and a member of the Florida Drum Line.


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Tenor Technicians - Justin Plante & Dakota Smith

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Bass Technicians - Corey Hughes & Ryan Teston

Corey HughesCorey Hughes has lived in the Gainesville area for over 20 years and has been active in the percussion scene in the Tampa, Fort Myers, and Gainesville in the last 4 years. He attended Newberry High School, while being apart of the marching band for 5 years.

In 2011, Corey attending the University of South Florida and was apart of the University of South Florida Herd of Thunder Marching Band for four years on Snare Drum until 2014. He became involved in the indoor activity in 2014 with Attack Percussion (PIA) in Tampa, Florida and continued in the activity with Marcato Independent (PIO) in 2015. His teaching experience involves the Chamberlain High School Marching and North Fort Myers Bassline.

During his time in the marching arts, Corey was awarded the Patrick S. Gilmore award, John Phillip Sousa award, John C. Carmichael Excellence Award Through Example, and Marcato 2015 rookie of the year. He was returned to the Gainesville area after graduating the University of South Florida in 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science with the aspiration of join the United States Foreign Service.

Cymbal Technician - John Stacy & Justin Morin

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Drill Designer - Jason (Paco) Fiasco

Paco Fiasco Jason has been a Florida resident all of his life and began his drum corps career with the Magic of Orlando (2003-2004) before moving on to age out with The Cadets (2005-2006). In the past, he has worked with Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps (2015), Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps (2010/2012), STRYKE Percussion/Wind ensembles(2008-2015), A.D. Nease High School (2014-2015), as well as numerous other high school and independent groups through the Florida fall and winter seasons. He is an advocate and constant participant of the WGI, BOA, SFWGA, FFCC and FMBC circuits at home and through the country.

Currently based out of Boca Raton, Florida, he has continued his teaching career and has been building a thriving show design and drill-writing business.

Front Ensemble Arranger - Nathan Skinner

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Battery Arranger - Garrett Lambert

Garrett LambertGarrett 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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