Director of Bands:
Mr. Jacob Massena
Jacob Massena oversees the Santa Fe Symphonic Band, Raider Regiment Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, Beginning Band, and Chorus.
Mr Massena has performed with various ensembles including the University of Florida Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, and Gator Marching Band where he served for three years as the Trombone Section Leader. In 2021, Mr. Massena marched with the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps on Euphonium.
Prior to his time at Santa Fe, Mr. Massena worked with many band programs in Alachua County and the surrounding area including Gainesville High School, Buccholz High School, Bell Jr/Sr High School, and Howard Bishop Middle School.
Mr. Massena holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education as well as a certificate in Trombone Performance from the University of Florida.
Assistant Director of Bands:
Mr. 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, and several ensembles in college and professionally. As a senior at Santa Fe HS, he was awarded the John Philip Sousa Award. In 1998, 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 Buchholz, Jupiter, Dwyer, Palm Beach Gardens, Bell, Newberry, Oak View, Howard Bishop, Trenton, Gainesville, Citrus, and Ponte Vedra. 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. In 2022, Jeremy was inducted into the FFCC Hall of Fame for his commitment to the organization and excellence with competing groups in the color guard, percussion, and winds divisions.
Jeremy teamed up with Santa Fe High School again in 2014 and helped lead the band to win multiple competitions and top percussion awards, including best percussion at state championships and two runner-up titles at state championships for FMBC. He then joined WGI Winds in the inaugural season for Project Arts in the World Division as the Assistant Director and Director of Percussion. In their inaugural season at World Championships, Project Arts received the Bronze Medal.
Jeremy’s scholastic group, since 2013, has placed in the top 5 every season and won back-to-back gold medals in 2018 & 2019. In 2015, he began an Independent group named Unity Percussion that competes at FFCC and WGI championships. Since then, Unity Percussion has won two gold and two silver medals for FFCC and a gold, silver, and bronze medal for WGI. In 2019, Unity Percussion won the PIA World Championship in Dayton, OH.
Currently, Jeremy is the Assistant Band Director at Santa Fe High School, the Percussion Consultant at Santa Fe High School, the Percussion Caption Head of Ponte Vedra HS, the Director & Founder of Group 352, Director and Founder of Unity Percussion and Unity Colorguard, Director of Music for Gainesville Church of God and is the owner of a web design company Jeremy Lee Designs. Jeremy sits on multiple percussion advisory boards in his spare time, including FFCC and WGI. He has been married to his beautiful wife for over 20 years and has three gorgeous daughters and a handsome son.
Consultant & Drill Designer:
Jason is returning to Santa Fe for his 8th marching season. A native of Gainesville, FL, Jason graduated from Buchholz High School and performed in their Wind Symphony, Jazz Band, and the Golden Regiment marching band. In the summer of 2010, Jason went on tour with the Drum Corps International Drum and Bugle Corps, The Boston Crusaders’ marching euphonium. During his musical career, he has had the pleasure of performing with many great ensembles and performing at the Midwest Clinic and Carnegie Hall. During his time at Santa Fe, the band earned their record-setting 8th state championship. They also finished in the top three at state every other year.
For the 2016 and 2017 indoor seasons, Jason joined Group 352 as their Visual Coordinator, helping them to a second-place finish in the 2016 season. In 2017 Jason graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Management.
Percussion Caption Head:
Originally born in Louisville KY, Ryan Miller has lived in the Alachua County area since 2005. Ryan attended Newberry High School (2010-2014) for four years and performed in the Marching band during all four years of attendance, including his senior year when Newberry HS appeared in their first and only performance at FMBC State Championships, being awarded 2nd Place in 2014. During High School, Ryan also performed in Group 352 Indoor Percussion as an inaugural member in 2013 and also performed in 2014, where the group received the Bronze Medal at FFCC State Championships.
After graduating High School, Ryan continued to hone his percussion performance by performing with Project Arts World Winds in 2015 (3rd Place in the World Winds division at WGI Championships), Unity Percussion in 2016 (First year Independent A Class finalist awarded 8th place), 2017 (Independent A class finalist winning the 3rd place bronze medal), and 2018 (Independent A Class Finalist winning the 2nd Place silver Medal).
While performing with a variety of Independent ensembles after graduating high school, Ryan was also an active teacher in the North Central Florida area. Ryan taught at Williston HS in 2014. Group 352 Indoor Percussion in 2015 (4th Place), 2016 (Silver medal), and 2017 (5th Place). Santa Fe HS Indoor Percussion (Formed from Group 352 Indoor Percussion) in 2018 (Gold Medal), 2019 (Gold Medal, and 2020 (No results due to Covid-19). Unity Percussion in 2019 (Gold Medal) and 2020 (No results due to Covid-19). Santa Fe Raider Regiment in 2015 (2nd Percussion, 4th Band), 2016 (1st Percussion, 2nd Band), 2017 (1st Percussion, 4th Band), 2018 (1st Percussion, 4th Band), 2019 (2nd Percussion, 4th Band). Ryan has also consulted at the following schools: Bell High School, Chiefland High School, and Trenton High School.
When not teaching at Santa Fe High School, Ryan works as a Software Tester at Gleim Publications and enjoys spending time with his wife, Katie, and their dog Toby as well as grilling and watching the Florida Gators and Louisville Cardinals with his friends.
Music Caption Head:
Jeremy Hunter is a music composer, performer, and teacher living in Gainesville, Florida. Originally from Broward County, Jeremy graduated from West Broward High School in 2013. He served as a marching band instructor at West Broward for their 2013 and 2014 marching seasons.
In 2016, Jeremy marched with the 2016 Championship Drum Corps “the Bluecoats,” and in 2017, Jeremy marched their final season with the Bluecoats. He was featured in 2 solos and 3 features during their 2 years with the organization. In 2018, Jeremy spent their 3rd summer in the drum corps activity as the euphonium instructor for the Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps.
In 2017, Jeremy relocated to Gainesville, Florida, to finish their Associate in Music at Santa Fe College. Since moving to Gainesville, Jeremy has taught visual and music with the Santa Fe Raider Regiment.
Outside of teaching, Jeremy is a seasoned freelance Composer and Performer. He runs a youtube channel called “Skatune Network” and has performed with various bands, including “Goldfinger,” “Five Iron Frenzy,” and “Pup.” In 2019, He recorded Trumpet, Trombone, and Euphonium for the Award-nominated Cartoon Network “Steven Universe Movie.”
Colorguard Caption Head:
- Kennedy Bellamy
- Rylee Smith
- Courtney Lee
- Jacob Behr
- Leon Durante
- Seth Raber
- Shaiyeed “Pookie” Hamilton
- Waverley Parker
- Xavier Barry