Sunday, December 7, 2008

Listen to the Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble Concert

Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble Concert
Thursday December 4, 2008
Torrington Middle School
Band - Download the Concert Critique Form - Due Fri Dec 12, 2008

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

THS Marching Band Thanksgiving Day!

Hafltime Thanksgiving Day November 27, 2008
Video by Danielle Fantozzi 08

Friday, November 28, 2008

Watch video of THS Band from Thanksgiving Day

Click the link below to watch the video from the Waterbury Republican-American Newspaper of the THS Band from Thanksgiving Day.

Torrington High School Marching Band performs at Thanksgiving Day Game

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

THS Music Students accepted to CMEA Northern Region Music Festival

Congratulations to the following THS Music Students accepted into the Connecticut Music Educators Association Northern Region Music Festivals.

January 17-18, 2009 New Britain High School
CMEA Northern Region Chorus
Garrett Rapsilber - Tenor
Rachel Rubino - Alto

CMEA Northern Region Concert Band
Rachel Pelchat - Flute
Bridget Bertoldi - Flute
David Pashley - Baritone Sax
John DelVento - Euphonium

CMEA Northern Region Jazz Ensemble
Brian Nowell - Trumpet

CMEA Northern Region Orchestra
Michelle Wallace - Bassoon

January 30, 2009 Canton High School
CMEA Northern Region Youth Band
Rachel Rubino - Trumpet
Bethany Franklin - French Horn

CMEA Northern Region Flute Choir
Bridget Bertoldi

Friday, November 14, 2008

Help the THS Chamber Choir go to Carnegie Hall!

The THS Chamber Choir is presently selling Officially Licensed Sports coffee mugs.
To order go to

If anyone wants to order a mug online - go to above link, click on "Licensed Items", make selection, during checkout there is a screen asking who to credit, please enter "Lynn Morin" Torrington HS Chamber Choir, Torrington, CT. Thanks for the support!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Chamber Choir to perform at Historic Carnegie Hall!

The Torrington High School Chamber Choir has been selected to perform at the historic Carnegie Hall in New York City March 6-9, 2009.

Help support the THS Chamber Choir at the "Carnegie Hall Benefit Concert" on January 11, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Torrington with a reception following in the Fellowship Hall.

If you would like more information regarding the THS Chamber Choir and their trip to Carnegie Hall contact Lynn Morin - Director of Choirs

Monday, September 22, 2008

BIG-E Videos!

BIG-E Connecticut Day Parade
Wednesday September 17, 2008

Review the videos for the following
1. Feet - In step?, Rolling your feet?
2. Posture - Marching tall?
3. Horn Angles - Up Up Up!

How can we get better?

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Great Job Today - Band Camp

Great Job today everyone at Band Camp.
The freshman, new students, drumline, guard and seniors worked very hard today.
The drumline has the cadence down, Guard is working hard on routines and all the freshman and new students have learned all the basic marching and parade marching.

Thanks everyone for a great start!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

City sending students to jazz camp

LITCHFIELD - As a city with a growing niche for the arts, Torrington is sending its own contingent of teens to join kids from the U.S. and abroad for the Litchfield Jazz Camp.
Eight kids from Torrington attended, or will attend, at least one of the weeklong sessions of camp held at the Forman School in Litchfield, PR and Marketing Director Lindsey Turner said. Of the more than 540 kids, less than half hailed from Connecticut while the rest came from around the U.S. and from five other countries, she said.Two Shea brothers, Pat, 14, and Chris, 13, spent a session at the camp playing their instruments, an alto sax for Pat and clarinet for Chris.
"My combos (group) teachers are some of the best I've ever had," Pat said. "We did some really good songs."At camp there was so much to do, and the faculty concerts were amazing, he said. He also liked the jam session."You make music up from your head," Pat said. "Just have fun with it, and just do it."The Torrington High School jazz band is tough to get into, Pat said. Camp will give him a head start, he said.Other than relaxing by a big tree on the Forman campus during free time, combos was Chris' favorite part of the camp because he got to have a lot of fun while playing songs, he said."I learned a lot," Chris said. "(Camp) was very good. I would recommend anyone who is 13 to 18 years old who has a passion for music to go to it."Camp honed his skills for the regular band and jazz band he already plays in, Chris said. He hopes to return to camp next year, he said.The unbelievable faculty of touring and recording artists makes camp so special, Turner said. The faculty runs the camp as a non-competitive program to foster an environment all about learning, she said."I think it is just as wonderful for the teachers," she said.The students have two classes in the morning and two in the afternoon: playing in a group, studying theory, and learning more about their instruments, Turner said. They also have jam sessions and free time, attend faculty concerts, and perform at the camp, around Litchfield and at the jazz festival, she said. Days can last from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Pat said."It is very intensive," Turner said. "Each day they have a lot of playing experience."With support from the state Department of Education, more than $90,000 in scholarships were awarded to students on a need basis, Turner said. Seven of the eight students from Torrington received scholarships, she said.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

THS Band to represent City of Torrington in Windsor, CT 375th Anniversary Parade

The Torrington High School Marching Band will represent the City of Torrington in the Windsor, CT 375th Anniversary Parade on Saturday September 27, 2008.

Read more about Windsor 375th Anniversary Parade

Town Preparing For Birthday
Written by Steve Goode, Courant Staff Writer
Reprinted by permission from the Hartford Courant, March 22, 2007

The 375th birthday of Connecticut's oldest town is more than a year away, but organizers already are planning what they hope will be a really big party. Plans for the celebration, scheduled for late September 2008, include a parade, dinner dance, events at the historical society and educational programs. But organizers are looking for ideas and suggestions, as well as volunteers and funding for the bash. "We're not leaving anybody's ideas out yet," said John Pier, chairman of Windsor 375, the event organizing committee. "There are no limitations except the difficulty of raising funds."Windsor was founded on Sept. 26, 1633, and next year's three-day event would be Sept. 26, 27 and 28. Pier, who attended festivities for the 350th anniversary, recalled that then-Gov. William O'Neill attended, as did the Governor's Foot Guard. He said he hopes Gov. M. Jodi Rell and the foot guard attend next year. The committee also plans to reach out to the nearly two dozen "daughter towns"' that spun off from Windsor. The town has offspring as far west as Litchfield, Torrington and Colebrook, and as far east as Tolland and Coventry. Others that trace their roots to Windsor include: Enfield, Suffield, Granby, East Granby, Barkhamsted, Harwinton, Morris, Simsbury, Bloomfield, Windsor Locks, East Windsor, South Windsor, Ellington, Vernon, Bolton and the north side of Manchester. "We want to be as inclusive as possible. This is a celebration of the community,"' Pier said. Enita Jubrey, assistant to the town manager and vice chairwoman of the organizing committee, said she envisioned an Olympic-like parade in which bands from each town carry banners with town names and the year of their founding. Jubrey said she also hoped to snag the University of Connecticut marching band and would love to have a fireworks show."I have big dreams,"' she said. Pier also had a vision of what the event would be about.

Philly Awards Ceremony Video - by Danelle Fantozzi 08

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Sixty years on and still going strong

The Torrington High School band celebrated 60 years last night. Past and present members united to play songs for a thrilled audience. The high school band was formed just a few years after the end of World War II and it survived despite tough past and present economic times and annual school budget cuts.
Last night's event showcased why the Board of Education should not ever consider dropping music from the schools. Music is such an important outlet for students. It teaches, discipline, teamwork and achieving positive results from putting time and effort into something important. The group of musicians that performed last night at the high school gym proved that we have the best of the best right here in Torrington. We always have and we still do.

Friday May 30, 2008 - Register Citizen - From the Editor Blog.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Share your memories of the THS Band!

Music in the Torrington Public Schools has a rich history dating back to the late 1890's. Orchestra's and Choir's and Glee Clubs were the maintain of music education at THS. In 1948 the first Band at Torrington High School was formed under the direction of Mr. Robert Cook. Since 1948 the THS Band has had seven different directors
Mr. Robert Cook 1948-1951, Mr. Arthur Booth
1952-1953, Mr. David Wheeler 1954-1980,
Mr. Matthew Valenti 1981-1983, Mr. Richard Wells, 1984-1989, Mr. Robert Travaglini
1990-1996, Mr. Wayne Splettstoeszer

Share your memories of being in the Torrington High School Band. Leave a comment!

Torrington Music Students Win BIG in Phliadelphia

TORRINGTON - At the Heritage Music Festival in Philadelphia, PA, the Torrington High School Music Department took home the most awards when it went up against schools from around the region.
At the competition last weekend, schools from Maryland, Minnesota, Canada, New Jersey, West Virginia and Virginia performed in band and choral events.
The Chamber Choir, Concert Choir and Orchestra all received silver medals and all of those were within a couple of points of a superior rating. The Concert Band received its first superior rating in 18 years. It also was awarded the Adjudicator's Award and Outstanding Band Award for the highest scoring band in the entire festival in all categories. The Jazz Ensemble won the Festivals of Gold Invitation and a superior rating - the first for Jazz Ensemble in 10 years. It also took home the Adjudicator's Award and was the highest scoring Jazz Ensemble in the entire festival in all categories.
Nick Corbo (Jazz) and Kyle Drevline (Choir) received Maestro Awards for their individual solos. Only four of these Maestro Awards were given out for the entire festival.
For the combined performance of the THS ensembles, two awards were given to the school. The Instrumental Sweepstakes Award, given to the school with the highest combined score of two or more instruments groups, was also awarded for the first time to the school.
THS also took home the Festival Sweepstakes Award, for the highest combined score of three of more performing groups - another first for THS.
Dr. John Metallo, Torrington High School Principal, was thrilled with the results and commended all of the students and the teachers who participated.
"An outstanding music program is part of the Four A's of Torrington High School. The program is centered upon highly motivated and hardworking students. In addition to the great kids in our program, we are blessed to have two have two truly gifted music educators on our staff at THS Lynn Morin, our choral director and Wayne Splettstoeszer, our instrumental director are among the very finest teachers in the entire state. When outstanding students and teachers get together, magic happens," said Metallo.