Kevin Schuessler, Director of Bands

Kevin Schuessler is the current Director of Bands and Music Department Head at Center Grove High School, Greenwood, Indiana. Prior to being named the Director of Bands in 2001, Kevin was, for seven years, Associate Director of Bands where his responsibilities focused around directing the Symphonic Band, Program and Staff Coordinator of the Marching Band and Jazz Program. His current responsibilities include directing the Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, and Jazz Program while assisting the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Woodwinds and Symphonic Brass.

He holds a Masters of Music degree in Applied Horn from the University of Louisville, and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Indiana State University. He was formerly the Department Chair and Director of Bands at Lowell H.S. (IN) and Pendleton Heights H.S. (IN), and was Assistant Band Director at Herscher H.S. (IL).

Fourteen years of drum corps experience have included Star of Indiana, visual instructor (89-93); Northern Aurora (MI), program coordinator and brass caption head (86-88); and Phantom Regiment (IL), visual and French horn instructor (82-85) and marching member (80-81).

 

Josh Torres, Director of Percussion 

Josh Torres currently serves as the Director of Percussion at Center Grove High School in Greenwood, IN. He also serves as the Adjunct Lecturer of Percussion at Franklin College in Franklin, 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 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 performances at the 2010 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, IL and a Percussive Arts Society Percussion Ensemble Showcase Concert at PASIC 2011 in Indianapolis, IN.

Josh currently serves as the director of the Indianapolis Colts (NFL) Drumline. 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 serves on the WGI Advisory Board and is a Past-President of the Indiana Percussion Association and the Indiana Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. He is proud to be an Innovative Percussion Artist, Pearl Educational Artist, Zildjian Artist, and a Remo Artist. Josh frequently travels across the country as a percussion adjudicator and clinician and previously served on the percussion staff of the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps.

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 Hamilton Southeastern High School, and their two sons Cameron and Alden.

Jackie Porter, CGCGtoo Director  

Jackie Porter is the current director of CGCGtoo, Center Grove’s middle school/JV color guard program.  Jackie assumed responsibilities for Center Grove’s JV color guard in December of 2013 and has strived to help foster the basic skills and understanding for students to continue successfully in the high school color guard in the future.

Jackie is a 2006 graduate of Center Grove High School and was a member of the color guard for 4 years.  She then went on to study dance and art at IUPUI and became a member of IUPUI’s dance program.  She received her Bachelors Degree in 2012 from Indiana University in Art History after studying at both Indianapolis and Bloomington campuses.

She has also taught several color guard programs around the Indianapolis and Bloomington areas since 2007 including her current roles at Greenwood Community High School and co-director position at Hamilton Southeastern High School.  She also has continued to pursue her dance education while teaching at The Dance Company of Indianapolis since 2016.