Marching Percussion Director
Josh Frans is a percussionist, educator, and clinician with a Bachelors and Masters degree in percussion performance from The Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Josh has performed with wind ensembles, orchestras, big bands, salsa bands, steel pan ensembles, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian ensembles, percussion ensembles, and marching bands at Indiana University and The University of Kansas as well as professionally. Mr. Frans has studied marimba with the internationally acclaimed marimba virtuoso Kevin Bobo. He has studied Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music with one of the leading artists in Latin percussion, Michael Spiro. Josh has also studied timpani/orchestral percussion with the previous timpanist from the National Symphony Orchestra and now chairman of the percussion department at Indiana University, John Tafoya. Josh marched two years (2003-2004) with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps as a member of the front-ensemble. He was a member and graduate of the 2006 Leigh Howard Stevens Marimba Seminar in Ocean Grove, New Jersey and was the 2007 Percussive Arts Society International Convention Marching Marimba Competition champion in Columbus, Ohio. Josh has taught at high schools in the Kansas and Indiana area for the past 6 years as well as teaching private percussion lessons.