Yesterday on Facebook, Josh Torres, Director of Percussion at Center Grove High School, posted a video tour of their newly renovated and expanded percussion facilities. Center Grove is my alma mater and I moved back home to that part of town almost a year ago. I was at Center Grove a few different times in the fall for marching band contests and have seen the construction progress over the past year or so.
“Here is a tour of our new percussion room! Thanks so much to the Center Grove Board of Trustees and Administration for making the renovation a reality!
Also, thanks to decades worth of students, alumni, and teachers that built the PROGRAM that made this room a reality!”
-Center Grove Percussion
Previously, the Percussion groups at Center Grove shared a space with the orchestra program. The battery equipment was in lockers in the band room and all of the front ensemble equipment and concert band equipment was in the same area as the orchestra. Recently the school board approved the construction plans and built a new addition to expand the music program facilities at Center Grove. From my understanding, the choir programs went into the new space, the orchestra went where the choir used to be, and the percussion group now has their own space. This is all in addition to the band room mind you.
Center Grove HS is also in the process of building an indoor field house to be used to add additional basketball courts and an indoor track. I wonder if this will be additional rehearsal space options for the indoor percussion and guard programs if all of the gyms are full?
Like I mentioned, I graduated from Center Grove and I have taught at a number of other high schools in the central Indiana area. This is one of the most impressive facilities I have seen. In fact, I’m not aware of any other schools having their own “percussion only” room on a scale of this size. Every other school I’ve taught at or have been to for various marching band and indoor contests has the percussion equipment all in the band room.
With so many schools cutting costs at the expense of music education and the arts, it’s really great to see a school investing in that area.
What are your thoughts? What does your school’s percussion area look like? Leave a comment below.