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.