Meet The Team

Kennan Torgerson

Director of Bands

Mr. Torgerson grew up in Fresno, California and studied at California State University Fresno. During his time at Fresno State he performed in the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Saxophone Quartets, Fresno State Bulldog Marching Band and was a four-year member of the scholarship pep band the Bulldog Beat.  During this time he was a Drum Major for two years in the marching band, and student director of the Bulldog Beat.  He holds a B.A. in Music Education.

 

After completing his undergraduate degree he was selected to the Disney All-American College Band.  Along with daily performances he work with guest artists such as:  Andy Martin, Wayne Bergeron, Sal Lazano, Rick Baptist and Sammy Nestico.  The group also had the privilege of performing in the Alumni College Band concert and Disney’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.

 

In the summers of 2006 and 2008 he traveled to Japan with the Blast production of MIX:  Music in Extreme.  The shows content was a combination of marching band, ‘Stomp’, and ‘Cirque du Soleil’.  During this time he performed over 200 shows in 13 cities.

 

During Mr. Torgerson’s tenure in Miami, he has taught elementary music at Palmetto Elementary and Phillis Wheatley Elementary and was the band director at Palm Springs Middle School and Miami Palmetto Senior High School.  Between teaching positions he completed a Masters of Music from Florida International University, in Jazz Performance.  Working as a Graduate Assistant with the FIU Marching Band, along side Director Barry Bernhardt, Mr. Torgerson was a member of the Jazz Program and performed with the multiple ensembles including:  Studio Jazz Band, Latin Jazz Band, Jazz Combos and the FIU Wind Ensemble.  

 

Mr. Torgerson’s responsibilities at Coral Reef include two concert bands, jazz band, chamber classes and the Barracuda Marching Band. He is an active member of FBA and has served on the District 16 board for the past 3 years.

Joshua Class

Percussion

Jazmine Hernandez

Guard

Marcus Grant (Percussion)

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Ensemble Clinicians

Instrumental Clinicians

Marcus Grant (Percussion)

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Julia Klinger (Marching/Woodwind Tech)

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Caterina Papadopulos (Marching/Brass Tech)

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Meet The Team

Kennan Torgerson

Director of Bands

Mr. Torgerson grew up in Fresno, California and studied at California State University Fresno. During his time at Fresno State he performed in the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Saxophone Quartets, Fresno State Bulldog Marching Band and was a four-year member of the scholarship pep band the Bulldog Beat.  During this time he was a Drum Major for two years in the marching band, and student director of the Bulldog Beat.  He holds a B.A. in Music Education.

 

After completing his undergraduate degree he was selected to the Disney All-American College Band.  Along with daily performances he work with guest artists such as:  Andy Martin, Wayne Bergeron, Sal Lazano, Rick Baptist and Sammy Nestico.  The group also had the privilege of performing in the Alumni College Band concert and Disney’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.

 

In the summers of 2006 and 2008 he traveled to Japan with the Blast production of MIX:  Music in Extreme. The show was a combination marching, choreography & music that performed over 200 shows in 13 cities.

 

During Mr. Torgerson’s tenure in Miami, he has taught elementary music at Palmetto Elementary and Phillis Wheatley Elementary and was the band director at Palm Springs Middle School and Miami Palmetto Senior High School.  Between teaching positions he completed a Masters of Music from Florida International University, in Jazz Performance.  Working as a Graduate Assistant with the FIU Marching Band, along side Director Barry Bernhardt, Mr. Torgerson was a member of the Jazz Program and performed with the multiple ensembles including:  Studio Jazz Band, Latin Jazz Band, Jazz Combos and the FIU Wind Ensemble.  

 

Mr. Torgerson’s responsibilities at Coral Reef include two concert bands, jazz band, chamber classes and the Barracuda Marching Band. He is an active member of FBA and has served on the District 16 board for the past 3 years.

Marcus Grant (Percussion Director)

Marcus Grant is a professional drummer, percussionist, educator, and band leader originally from West Chester, Pennsylvania currently living in Miami, Florida. After receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from the Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance, he went on to receive a Master of Music degree at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. After moving to Miami in 2015, he quickly became a frequently-called accompanist and band leader in South Florida playing with notable artist such as Nicole Henry, Jon Secada, Néstor Torres, Arturo Sandoval, Ira Sullivan, Shelly Berg, and Dena DeRose. 

 

As an educator he has worked as a clinician for the Florida Bandmasters Association All-State Middle School jazz band and the Greater Miami Youth Symphony Jazz Intensive Camp. He also works regularly in the Miami area with middle and high school music programs teaching drum set and percussion while also maintaining a studio of private students. His passion for education is the result of the instruction received during his studies with Daniel Monaghan, Byron Landham, Steve Fidyk, Phillip O'Banion, Steve Rucker, John Yarling, and Dafnis Prieto along with countless other mentors. 

 

Jazmin Hernandez (Cuda Guard Tech)

Hello, my name is Jazmin! I am twenty years of age, and am currently going into my junior year of college where I plan to pursue my dreams of becoming a professional graphic artist. I am also entering my second year instructing the Coral Reef Barracuda Color Guard! My Color Guard career began my freshman year of high school, where I marched with the Carl Sandburg Marching Eagles. All four of my high school years I spent in their color guard, and I also spun two winter seasons. Recently, I finished marching my third season of Winter Guard with the FIU Winterguard. I am going into my third season with the University of Miami Color Guard, and look forward to further building my skills! I am absolutely ecstatic to share my passion for color guard with the incoming members of the Barracuda Cuda Guard, and look forward to building their skills as well!

Ensemble Clinicians

Instrumental Clinicians