Allen Lynch – Percussion Caption Head
Allen Lynch is a graduate with a BA from New World School of the Arts/ University of Florida. He has studied under the instruction of music professionals such as Professor Rodester Brandon – the current Music Department Chairperson of Miami-Dade College, Scott Hughes – Co-Founder and Executive Director of Performing Arts Concepts, and Ray Donato – the current Program Coordinator and Music Arranger for STRYKE Percussion.
Allen enjoyed several years of instructing marching percussion ensembles alongside Scott Hughes for Homestead Senior High School, in Homestead, FL, during the height of their program in the early ’90s, winning various competitive titles including High Percussion at several of the area’s premier marching band competitions, including the South Broward Invitational. His efforts also helped maintain a long history of consistent annual superior ratings at assessment based events such as the Florida Bandmasters Association MPA.
Allen, to date, has 25+ years of experience performing and teaching percussion in marching, symphonic and jazz/contemporary ensembles and has enjoyed performing throughout Europe in the USYE Wind Ensemble, as well as the Caribbean and extensively throughout the greater Miami area, in a variety of contemporary music groups. He has also completed an array of session work for various recording projects.
Upon reentering the arena of marching music, Allen has experienced the success of bringing the South Dade Senior High School marching percussion program to its first two ratings of Superior with Distinction, for the first time in the program’s recent history. He was also able to, again, help bring the group up to an assessment rating of superior for the FBA MPA and their first ever chance to compete at a state marching level for FMBC. Allen is also the owner and creative director of Fire Escape Studios, a creative design firm based in South Florida. Fire Escape Studios specializes in corporate branding/brand management, advertising, electronic media and commercial photography.
Christopher Diaz – Percussion Staff
Christopher Diaz is a South Dade Senior High School alumnus. He is a former member of The Buccaneer Band and The Keys Gate Charter High School Band. Christopher played in the drumline at Keys Gate during the 2013-2014 marching season as a sophomore. He then transferred to South Dade as a junior to join their band. Within that year, he performed in the 2014-2015 showcase (Fall of the Titans) as the drum set player in the front ensemble and went on to march tenors in the drumline in 2015-2016 (Immortal). During this time, he was one of two captains in the percussion section — leading them into attaining two consecutive best in class titles in their competitive season. While in The Buccaneer Band, he achieved three “Superior” titles in the FBA Solo and Ensemble Festival and one “Superior” at the State FBA Solo and Ensemble Festival. After graduating with the 2016 class, he continues to assist the Buccaneer Band. Aside from that, he is a lead drummer at Christ Fellowship Church, performs locally as a drummer/percussionist for various bands, and plans on pursuing Music Production at Miami Dade College. All in all, he’s accumulated ten years of experience as a percussionist and prepares for many more daily.
Percussion Staff also includes:
- Jason Germain
- Antonio Anteola
- Hector Madera
- Audley Hamilton
- Devon Hapner
Dana McAfee – Color Guard Caption Head
Jorge Perez – Visual Caption Head
Mr. Jorge Perez is a product of the Miami-Dade County School system. Mr. Perez commenced his music education at Howard Doolin Middle School learning the French Horn under the direction of Mr. Tom Santino. Thereafter, Mr. Perez continued music at G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School. There he marched Mellophone for three years, served as drum major during his senior year, and played trumpet and percussion during all four years. During his years in high school, the band won the division 1A crown at Florida Marching Band Coalition (FMBC) State Finals and has made finals two other times. Mr. Perez’s experience goes beyond the limits of high school. While still in high school, Mr. Perez was a member of the highly acclaimed Braddock World Winter Guard under the direction of Ms. April Gilligan. Following his high school career, he marched with The Magic of Orlando in 2005, where he played lead Mellophone. Since then Mr. Perez has consulted with various FMBC competitive bands and non-competitive high school bands in the area: John A. Ferguson High School, Braddock High School, Killian High School, West Boca High School as well as several others.
Visual Staff also Includes:
- Audrey Benitez