Mr. Ryan F. Wright, Director of Bands & Percussion

Mr. Ryan F. Wright is the Director of Bands at South Lake High School, in Groveland, Florida. Mr. Wright holds a Master of Science in Music Education from Troy University, a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Rollins College, and an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from the College of Central Florida. He has studied percussion under Beth Gottlieb, Danny Gottlieb, and Dr. Andy Harnsberger. Mr. Wright was previously a director at East Ridge High School and Dunnellon High School. His other professional experiences over the last twenty years include instructing, composing, arranging, and designing for more than thirty schools, throughout Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Mr. Wright has performed professionally as a drummer for the McDonald's Worldwide convention, as a percussionist with the Southern Winds, the Hernando Symphony Orchestra, and various freelance work for other professional groups and recording studios. He has worked with Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps, Heat Wave of Florida Drum and Bugle Corps, Brahma Percussion from USF, Riptide Percussion, and Spitfire Percussion. He is also regularly called on to adjudicate at various marching, concert, jazz, and solo/ensemble events.  His professional affiliations include Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, Percussive Arts Society, National Association for Music Education, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Florida Music Educators Association, Florida Bandmasters Association, Lake County Music Education Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Mr. Wright is an official educator and endorser for Innovative Percussion, Inc. and Evans Drumheads. Mr. Wright is also a board member and co-leader of the worship team at Gateway Church. He is also a member of the Recreation Advisory Committee for the City of Groveland, Florida. He resides in Groveland, Florida with his wife, Gina, and his two sons, Aidan and Lucah.

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Mr. Julian Fajardo, Guard Instructor

Mr. Julian Fajardo is the Guard Instructor at South Lake High School in Groveland, Florida.  His previous experience includes performing with the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps in 2013, performing with WGI Independent World groups Orlando Visual in 2012 and Fahrenheit World in 2011, and performing with Bartram Trail High School up until 2009.  He has also worked in the entertainment business with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Walt Disney World Resorts, Nickelodeon Suites & Hotels, and Universal Studios Orlando Resorts.  Julian is also highly experienced in costume and dancewear design and construction. He has worked with other guard programs, including Dr. Phillips High School, Celebration High School, and Eustis High School.  He is thrilled to be a part of the program and he intends to bring out the potential of our members and to create a professional performer mindset for the seasons to come.

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Ms. Jennifer Brame, Woodwind Technician

Ms. Jennifer Brame is the Woodwind Technician at South Lake High School in Groveland, Florida.  Ms. Brame earned a degree in Saxophone music performance at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a Master’s in wind ensemble conducting from Texas Tech University.   She has studied saxophone under Dr. Matthew McClure, and conducting under Dr. Michael Votta and Dr. Sarah McKoin.  Ms. Brame has previously student taught at Frenship Middle School in Wolfforth, Texas, and has extensive experience teaching private lessons for saxophone students.  She is currently working in the entertainment industry as a performer with the Walt Disney World Resorts, including acting, playing saxophone in Disney’s Encore orchestra, and singing in the yearly Candlelight Processional Christmas choir.

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Mr. Al "Papa V" Venezio, High Brass Technician

Mr. Al "Papa V" Venezio is the High Brass Technician at South Lake High School in Groveland, Florida. Mr. Venezio graduated from Massapequa High School in Massapequa, New York, where he participated in the symphonic band, jazz band, and orchestra. The Massapequa High School Band consistently performed grade 6 literature at the New York State Music Assessment. After high school, Mr. Venezio spent some time in college before he was drafted into the United States Army. He then graduated from the Army-Navy School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia and spent two years playing trumpet in the U.S. Army Bands. He also saw duty on the ceremonial platoon where he played Taps for Vietnam War soldiers who were killed on the battlefield. He left the Army in 1970 and got married in 1971. He was a professional musician on Long Island, playing weddings and other functions until he moved to Florida in 1977. Over the years, Mr. Venezio has served the music education community as an active trumpet instructor, Band Boosters President, and clinician for numerous bands. Mr. Venezio just retired from the City of Clermont, where he was a fleet mechanic. He currently runs an active private brass instructional studio and his students regularly earn Superior ratings at Solo & Ensemble MPAs and earn many high chair placements in various honor bands. He is also an honorary member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society.

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Mr. Brandon Ryder, Low Brass Technician

Mr. Brandon Ryder is the Low Brass Technician at South Lake High School in Groveland, Florida. He is a recent graduate of South Lake High School and has been a great addition to the instructional staff.

TBA, Front Ensemble Technician

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Student Leaders

Chief Officers:
  • Kelly Folsom (Field Commander)
  • Michelle Santos (Field Commander)
  • Grayson Taber (Ensemble Colonel)
  • Ofelia Alvarez (Ensemble Colonel)
Band Captains:
  • Ayja Winsett (Woodwind)
  • John Garcia (Brass)
  • Gavin Chesser (Percussion)
  • Madison DeWitt (Guard)
Band Lieutenants:
  • Emily Kennedy (Administrative)
  • Christian Clem (Logistics)
Band Sergeants:
  • Jacob Broomell (Woodwinds)
  • Bethany Fielder (Brass)
  • Becky Smith (Percussion)
  • Anastasia Hogan (Guard)
  • Mary Landaberde (Administrative)
  • John Kepfer (Logistics)

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