Josh Torres

“I believe that music is outlet for self-expression and creativity. I also feel that music is a voice for everyone. There are so many lessons that can be learned through music including teamwork, self-confidence, leadership, and self-control. These are skills that all musicians must work on and in turn, share with the next generation of performers, composers, and educators. This beautiful cycle is what connects our minds to those of the giants like Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart.”

Title

Lecturer of music

Educational Background

  • M.M., Butler University – Indianapolis, IN
  • B.M., University of North Texas – Denton, TX

Year joined Franklin

2015

Expertise

Director of percussion, Center Grove High School, Greenwood, IN

Why should I choose Franklin College for music?

Franklin College offers a unique opportunity for students to learn in a very personal environment. Students can rest assured that they will receive a lot of individual attention from their faculty members no matter what their ability level is. Our course offerings continue to grow, allowing students to participate in ensembles such as choir, concert band, pep band, orchestra, and our new African Drumming Ensemble. Our college has shown a willingness to adapt to the needs of our students and offer whatever courses or ensembles the students are interested in.

Selected Professional Accomplishments

I have been very fortunate to experience some incredible opportunities throughout my teaching career. My percussion ensemble at Center Grove is one of a handful of the percussion ensembles in the world that has been invited to perform at both PASIC (2011) and The Midwest Clinic (2010.) Center Grove’s Indoor Drumline was named the Silver Medalist (2009) and Bronze Medalist (2011) in Percussion Scholastic World. I was also honored as a 2013 Indiana Teacher of the Year Finalist as well as the 2012 Center Grove Community Schools Teacher of the Year.  Finally, I served as the director of the Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show in 2012. Over 110 million people witnessed a drumline under my direction perform with Madonna.

What Students Say

“Studying with Prof. Torres is a very instructive and innovative experience. He works with me on a personal level, both musical and professional. His skills in all aspects of percussion are remarkable.” – Chase Loyd ’19

In My Spare Time…

In my spare time I spend time with my two sons, Cameron and Alden, and wife, Audrey who is the head band director at Franklin Central High School. I am also active as a judge, clinician, and arranger throughout the country.