Josh Torrey plays trombone and writes music in and around Chicago, Illinois. He can presently be heard with his Nonet, as well as with Spocket, Brooke and the Nice Things, Heisenberg Uncertainty Players, Shout Section Big Band, Blueshift Big Band, and many others, in addition to occasionally touring with The One And Only Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Also a dedicated educator, he teaches trombone, euphonium, tuba, and jazz improvisation lessons at Hinsdale South High School and Eisenhower Junior High School in Darien, Il, at Riverside-Brookfield High School in Riverside, Il, and at Lake Zurich High School in Lake Zurich, Il.
Raised in upstate New York, Torrey relocated to Chicago, Illinois in the fall of 2012 following completion of a BMus in Jazz Studies degree at the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign. While attending U of I, Torrey appeared with the school's Concert Jazz Band at the 2011 Midwest Conference and the 2012 Jazz Education Network Conference, as well as performing at the 2012 International Trombone Festival in Paris, France, with the U of I Jazz Trombone Ensemble (the winners of the 2012 Kai Winding Jazz Trombone Ensemble competition).
Josh Torrey currently teaches trombone, euphonium, tuba, and jazz improvisation/theory lessons at Hinsdale South High School and Eisenhower Junior High School in Darien, Il, at Riverside-Brookfield High School in Riverside, Il, and at Lake Zurich High School in Lake Zurich, Il. Lessons are available both during and after school, and are also available to any students willing to travel to these schools.
In the studio, the goal is not only to improve the student’s skills on their instrument, but to help students learn to think critically about the music and make their own educated decisions about how to perform a piece. To maintain a balance between improving skills on the instrument and improving skills as a musician, any given lesson may cover a broad range of material:
Tone production and articulation
Lip slurs and control over extreme registers
Scales and arpeggios, and how they relate to chord structures
Music from school ensembles and upcoming auditions
Ear training, music theory, and analysis of musical forms
Improvisation in jazz and European classical vocabularies
This regimen can help students achieve whatever goal they have set, whether they want to ace a seating audition at school, audition for a district or all state band, or rise to the level where they can begin performing professionally.