Former members Josh and Marvin have been amazing members of INFINITY during the last few seasons, and it is with great pleasure to announce that they will be continuing their presence with the World ensemble as they join the 2014 instructional staff! Both of these guys have great experience and skill to assist with both the cymbal sections and the overall visual presence of the ensemble.
For more information about Josh and Marvin, continue reading below!
Josh Batson grew up and started his percussion education in Jacksonville, FL. After graduation from Sandalwood HS, Josh attended Florida State College in Jacksonville, and also performed with the Teal Sound Drum & Bugle Corps in 2009 as a member of the cymbal section.
After Teal Sound, Josh became a member of INFINITY Percussion in 2010, serving as the cymbal section leader from 2011 to his age-out in 2013. Realizing the increasing visual demands of the cymbal section, he began focusing his attention to the visual aspects of the activity - improving his skills and awareness of precision.
Josh continues to call Jacksonville his home where he also plays quads for the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars D-Line.
Marvin Valarezo was first introduced to the indoor percussion activity at Cypress Creek High School as a member of the front-ensemble in 2008. Upon graduation, Marvin joined Timber Creek Independent (TCI) for the 2009 season. After becoming a member of the cymbal line at the University of South Florida “Herd of Thunder” Marching Band in 2010, he then joined the USF indoor ensemble, Brahma, for the 2011 season. Marvin spent his final two indoor seasons with INFINITY Percussion, aging-out this past season as a valuable resource with the cymbal section.
As an educator, Marvin has instructed the Tampa Bay Thunder Drum and Bugle Corp cymbal line in 2012, and the Newsome High School indoor percussion cymbal line in 2013.
Marvin is currently pursuing two Bachelor's Degrees at the University of South Florida, the first in Music Studies in Clarinet Performance, and the second in Psychology.