Mr. Jared Allen - Percussion Director
This is Mr. Allen’s fourth year as Percussion Director at Matanzas High School. Mr. Allen is the former Percussion Director at the John Hopkins Middle School Center for the Arts, Steelband Director at Perkins Elementary, and a former Percussion Adjunct for Hillsborough Community College. He has performed at Miami Panorama annually with the New Generation Branches Steel Orchestra since 2017.
Mr. Allen has earned the Master of Arts in Carnival Studies from the University of Trinidad and Tobago. During his studies at UTT, he resided in Port of Spain, Trinidad researching the school steelbands and performing with the Silver Stars Steel Orchestra. He also performed in St. Vincent's Panorama with the South East Steel Orchestra. He is a graduate of the University of Tampa, where he received his Master’s Degree in Education. He marched with the USF Herd of Thunder Marching Band as well as the Sun Devils Drum and Bugle Corps.
Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, Mr. Allen is a graduate from Largo High School where he sat under the baton of Mr. Christopher Benoit.
When Mr. Allen is not teaching, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Ashley, their dog, Ruby, and their bunny, Rosie.