Jakob Wisdom - Band Director Mr. Wisdom was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida, and was a student in the Ransom and Tate Band Programs. He studied and received his Bachelor Degree in Music Education at the University of Southern Mississippi. While still in college Mr. Wisdom worked as a marching band technician for numerous band programs from Florida to Mississippi. Also during college, he marched in the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps. After graduating with his degree, Mr. Wisdom taught at Ferry Pass Middle School for a short stint before relocating to St. Augustine, Florida, with his wife who is also a band director. While in St. Augustine, Mr. Wisdom was the Director of Bands/Music Teacher at Ponte Vedra High School for two years. In a fortunate effort to relocate closer to family, Mr. and Mrs. Wisdom both found jobs here in Escambia County. Mr. Wisdom will be starting his fourth year at Tate High School this year, but will begin his first year as the Director of Bands. Mr. Wisdom is very excited to announce that he will be completing his Masters Degree in Music Education this summer from the Florida State University.
Chris Snyder - Assistant Director of Bands Mr. Chris Snyder is the newly hired Assistant Director of Bands at J.M. Tate High School. He is a proud member of the Tate High School Class of 2012. He graduated from The Florida State University with his degree in Music Education. While at FSU he served as section leader of the Marching Chiefs for two years and as principal trumpet in the University Symphonic Band for two years. He also performed with the Florida State University Concert Band, University Philharmonic Orchestra, University Symphony Orchestra, and University Wind Orchestra. Prior to his appointment at Tate High School he served as the Band Director at Beulah Middle School from 2018-2019, at Woodham Middle School from 2017-2018, and the Assistant Band Director at West Florida High School from 2017-2019. While still in college, Mr. Snyder served as a visual and music technician for many high schools across the state of Florida and in Georgia. Mr. Snyder was a performing member and soloist (Trumpet) with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps (2013) from LaCrosse, Wisconsin. He has also performed with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Monroe Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, Gulf Coast Sinfonia, and currently holds the title of Principle Cornet in the Pensacola Civic Band.
Bill Blocker - Color Guard Instructor Bill Blocker is a Native of Pensacola and graduate of Escambia High School, where he was in the marching band and played the Trombone for 7 years. After High School, while working in the medical field, he marched in Several Independent A Colorguards in the Pensacola area and he finished his Performance Career in Lake City FL with Paradigm, an Independent World class winterguard. Mr. Blocker is starting his 6th year with the Tate High School Band and have been teaching colorguard for various High Schools for over 25 years and truly loves what he does. He is a proud father of 3 Children, 2 of which Live in Pensacola and 1 son in the Marine Corps stationed in GA. Mr. Blocker currently works for Navy Federal Credit Union in Administrative Services in the Mortgage Department.
Leo Finuliar - Assistant Color Guard Instructor Leo Finuliar is currently the color guard assistant director at Tate High School from Gonzalez, FL. He joined the Tate High School Showband of the South as a staff member in 2015. Mr. Finuliar currently resides in Milton, Florida. He is an alumni of the University of West Florida. He currently works at Bennett Russell Elementary during the school year and with Autism Pensacola during the summer months. He is originally from Santa Clara, California. Mr. Finuliar's color guard performance includes Wilcox High School, San Jose Raiders, Orion Independent Open and Northern Lights. Mr. Finuliar has been the Color Guard Representative for the Gulf Coast Guard & Percussion Circuit (GCGPC) since 2015.
Sharvin Moorer - Batter Percussion Instructor
Katie Massey - Front Ensemble/Concert Percussion Instructor Katie has been a Pensacola resident for 24 years and went to Tate high school, where she played marimba for 1 year and tenors for 3. She was involved in all county bands, jazz bands, concert bands, the Tri-state band, and was in the Florida All State band in 2013. After graduating, Katie was 1 of only 6 students to get accepted into the percussion studio at Florida State University, where she majored in percussion performance before transferring to UWF to pursue music education. While at FSU, she had the opportunity to study with numerous professors from different universities around the nation. While in college, she performed with percussion ensembles, jazz bands, concert bands, vocal ensembles, and intercollegiate ensembles. She is also associated with various education/percussion organizations such as FMEA and PASIC (percussive arts society international competition). This will be Katie’s 4th year teaching at Tate and has also worked with PHS, NHS, RMS and have run numerous all county percussion rehearsals. Currently, she is student teaching at Hellen Cairo Elementary and Bailey Middle School.