Matanzas High School Percussion Program

Jared Allen, Percussion Director, Extension 8158

The Matanzas High School Percussion Program is an innovative music education program. Our program strives to be the standard of excellence for high school instrumental music programs throughout the state of Florida. The program strives to take students at all levels of musical training and experience and raise them to the highest levels of musicianship.

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Matanzas Blue Steel is the long-standing steelband at Matanzas High School. Matanzas has the largest school steelband in Florida and one of the largest in the U.S.! Our steelbands were started by Rachel Palmer in 2005 when Matanzas High first opened. This ensemble is open to all students at our school. The steelbands study the literature and art form of the Trinidadian steelpan as well as musicianship and performance skills. Matanzas Blue Steel performs for school events and throughout the community.

Matanzas Blue Steel performed at the Southeastern Percussion Festival in Valdosta, Georgia in March 2019, the Youth Steelband Open at Texas A&M University in November 2017, and participates annually in the FMEA Steelband Festival in Orlando. Matanzas Blue Steel earned a Silver medal at the 2011 Virginia International PANFest as well as a Bronze medal in 2009.

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Percussion Class Percussion Class

The Percussion Class studies and explores the arts of concert percussion ensembles and solos, marching drumline and front ensemble, and supporting the band's percussion needs. The requirements and expectations of this program are very demanding as the program is designed for the committed and focused percussion student. Previous musical training is helpful, however it is not necessary to enter the program.

The concert percussion ensemble received a Superior rating at the 2019 and 2018 Florida Bandmasters Association State Solo and Ensemble Assessment. The drumline and front ensemble received a Superior rating at the 2018 Florida Bandmasters Association Marching Band Music Performance Assessment.