Center Grove HS, IN - United States
Josh Torres currently serves as the Director of Percussion at Center Grove High School in Greenwood, IN. Josh earned his Bachelor's Degree from University of North Texas in May 2003. He is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance from Butler University with Jon Crabiel. His former teachers include Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Paul Rennick, and Dr. Robert Schietroma.
The Center Grove High School Band is a consistent ISSMA State Finalist, as well as being a perennial BOA Regional and Grand National Finalist. In 2009, the Center Grove High School Marching Band was named the BOA “Class AAA” Grand National Champion. The Center Grove Indoor Drumline is regarded as one of the top high school drumlines in the nation. Most recently, the ensemble was named the WGI PSW Silver Medalists at the 2009 WGI World Championships and Bronze Medalists at the 2011 WGI World Championships.
The Center Grove High School Percussion Ensemble has also received several awards and honors including a performance at the 64th Annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, IL in December 2010. In 2011, Center Grove won The Percussive Arts Society’s Percussion Ensemble Competition and performed a Showcase Concert at PASIC. The ensemble has also featured guest artists including Gregg Bissonette, Kevin Bobo, Ignacio Berroa, Mark Ford, and Michael Spiro. Many of Josh’s students have received numerous awards and honors including All-Region, All-Area, and All-State Band.
Josh is an active adjudicator, clinician, and arranger. In 2006, Josh had the opportunity to serve as the director of the Dallas Stars Drumline in Dallas, TX. In 2012, he served as the coordinator for the Super Bowl XLVI Drumline which performed the National Anthem with Kelly Clarkson and the Halftime Show with Madonna to over 113 million viewers.
Josh is a member of PAS, IMEA, and MENC. He also serves as an Innovative Percussion Artist, Pearl Educational Artist, Zildjian Artist, and a Remo Artist. In 2006, he presented a clinic at The Texas Music Educator's Convention in San Antonio, Texas. Josh has served as the President of Indiana Percussion Association, sat on the Board of Directors for Indiana Music Educators Association, and currently serves on the WGI Advisory Board. In 2012, Josh had the honor of being named Center Grove School Corporation’s “Teacher of the Year.” Josh currently resides in Indianapolis, IN with his wonderfully supportive wife Audrey, head band director at Franklin Central High School, and their son Cameron.