We would like to welcome not one, but two new bass technicians to the World instructional team for the 2014 season! James Sparling (the INFINITY 2014 Battery Arranger and Caption Head) was on the instructional staff while John was a member of the Madison Scouts, and while Frank was a member at Rhythm X and Carolina Crown.
For more information about these exciting new additions, please read their biographies below.
Francisco Torres’ drum corps experience began in 2005 with the Kiwanis Kavaliers in 2005. After taking a year off, Frank returned to DCI as a member of Carolina Crown from 2007 through 2009. As an indoor performer, Frank performed with Rhythm X winning a WGI World Class Championship in 2009 and placing 4th in 2011. From 2005 to 2009, Frank was the Director of Percussion for Miami Senior High School, experiencing great success with the program, including 1st place at State Semi-Finals in 2005, as well as 2nd place finishes in 2006 and 2009.
Frank currently resides in Miami, and serves as the Percussion Arranger and Consultant for Miami Killian Senior High School.
John Lluvera, an educator, performer, and clinician, began his knowledge of percussion in St. Petersburg, Fl. During high school, John attended Boca Ciega High School and was the Percussion Section Leader all four years under the direction of Frank T. Williams III.
In 2003, John performed with the Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps. Under the direction of Colin McNutt and Ian Moyer, John had the opportunity to be a part of both the front ensemble and drumline allowing him to expand his knowledge base in the marching arts and orchestral percussion idioms. He received the Aveids Zildjian Most Outstanding Cymbal Player of the Year award in 2003. The following Spring, John performed with the USF Indoor Percussion Theater as a member of the snare section.
John performed as a member of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps after graduating from Boca Ciega High School in 2005. During his time with the Scouts, John was educated by Colin McNutt, Ian Moyer, and Lee Beddis. In 2006, John marched tenors at the Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps under the direction of Jeff Willis where he was appointed the tenor tech midway through the season. He ended his drum corps experience with Teal Sound in 2007 as the center snare and percussion section leader.
John is currently completing a percussion work book series (The Grid Book Series) and developing a new source for experiencing percussion media on the Internet (PercussionVids.com). He continues to be a percussion educator with J. W. Mitchell H.S. and Lakewood Ranch H.S., and is growing a private lessons studio via Skype.