Center Grove High School
Director of Percussion
Josh Torres currently serves as the Director of Percussion at Center Grove High School in Greenwood, IN. Josh earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from The University of North Texas and his Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance from Butler University.
Center Grove High School has one of the most respected high school percussion programs in the country. Center Grove Indoor Percussion is a consistent WGI Scholastic World Finalist and a four-time medalist. The Center Grove High School Marching Band is a perennial BOA Grand National Finalist, the 2009 BOA Class AAA National Champion, and a participant in the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. 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.
In 2012, Josh 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. He has also served as the director of the Indianapolis Colts (NFL) Drumline and organized drumline performances for the Dallas Stars (NHL.) Josh currently serves on the PAS Education Committee and the WGI Advisory Board. He also serves as an Innovative Percussion Artist, Pearl Educational Artist, Zildjian Artist, and a Remo Artist.In 2012, Josh had the honor of being named Center Grove School Corporation’s “Teacher of the Year.” Josh was also named a “Top 10 Finalist” for the 2013 Indiana Teacher of the Year Award. In 2014, Josh was selected to receive a Teacher Creativity Fellowship from the Eli Lilly Foundation. Josh currently resides in Indianapolis, IN with his wonderfully supportive wife Audrey, head band director at Franklin Central High School, and their two sons Cameron and Alden.