Awards and Honors

2014
Jazz Combo – Gold Medal – Fermi High School Jazz Festival
Jazz Combo – Selected as the “Featured Ensemble” at the Connecticut Arts Administrators Association State Luncheon
Marching Band – 1st Place – Bristol Mums Parade – Bristol, Conn.
Marching Band – 1st Place  Best Appearing High School Band- North Adams (MA) Fall Foliage Parade
Torrington, Connecticut listed as one of the “Best Communities for Music Education in America 2014

2013
Marching Band – BEST OVERALL – Bristol Mum Parade – Bristol, Conn. Highest Honor in the Parade!
Marching Band – 1st Place Best Appearing High School Band – North Adams (MA) Fall Foliage Parade.
Torrington, Connecticut listed as one of the “Best Communities for Music Education in America 2013″

2012
Marching Band – 1st Place Best Appearing High School Band – Bristol Mums Parade, Bristol, Conn.

Jazz Ensemble – Gold Medal – Fermi High School Jazz Festival – Jasmine Bailey (’13) selected as Outstanding Soloist of the Festival.

Jazz Ensemble – Outstanding Trombone and Saxophone Section Waterford High School Jazz Festival – Jasmine Bailey (’13) selected as Outstanding Soloist of the Festival.

Torrington, Connecticut listed as one of the “Best Communities for Music Education in America 2012″

2011

Marching Band – 1st Place Best Appearing High School Band – North Adams, MA Fall Foliage Parade.

Torrington, Connecticut was listed in the “Best 100 Communities in America for Music Education” based on an Internet survey.

Two THS Chamber Choir members selected for Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir

Chamber Choir – Invited to perform at Carnegie Hall

Rachel Rubino (2011 Trumpet) Selected to perform in the Carnegie Hall High School Honors Orchestra.

Jazz Ensemble – 1st Place Best Ensemble at the UMass High School Jazz Festival

Jazz Ensemble – Gold Medal – Fermi High School Jazz Festival

Jazz Ensemble – Outstanding Trombone and Saxophone Section Waterford High School Jazz Festival

2010
Torrington, Connecticut was listed in the “Best 100 Communities in America for Music Education” based on an Internet survey.

Chamber Choir – Invited to perform at Carnegie Hall

Bridget Bertoldi (Flute 2012) Selected to perform in the Carnegie Hall High School Honors Concert Band as Principal Flute

Marching Band was selected to represent the State of Connecticut & New England in the 2010 National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C.

Marching Band – received 1st Place Best Appearing High School Band in the Bristol Mums Parade – Bristol, Conn.

2009
Torrington, Connecticut was listed in the “Best 100 Communities in America for Music Education” based on an Internet survey.

Symphonic Band – Outstanding Rating – Connecticut American School Band Directors State Festival.

2008
Torrington, Connecticut was listed in the “Best 100 Communities in America for Music Education” based on an Internet survey.

Jazz Ensemble received “Best Overall Trombone Section” at the Enrico Fermi High School Jazz Festival – Enfield, Conn.

Jazz Ensemble received “Best Overall Trombone Section” at the Waterford High School Jazz Festival – Waterford, Conn.

2008 Heritage Music Festival – Philadelphia, PA

Concert Choir – Excellent Rating, Chamber Choir – Excellent Rating

Orchestra – Excellent Rating

Jazz Ensemble
Superior Rating, Adjudicator’s Award, Highest Scoring Jazz Ensemble at the Festival!

Symphonic Band
Superior Rating, Adjudicator’s Award, Outstanding Band Award, Highest Scoring Band at the Festival, Festival of Gold Invitation 2009

Nick Corbo, 2008 Bass – Jazz Ensemble and Kyle Drevline -Choir received Maestro Awards (top award for the festival) for their solos.

Instrumental Sweepstakes Award for highest combined score of Instrumental Groups – Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Band

Festival Sweepstakes Award for highest combined score of a school music department!

Torrington, Connecticut was listed in the “Best 100 Communities in America for Music Education” based on an Internet survey.

2007
Marching Band received 1st Place Best Appearing High School Band in the Fall Foliage Parade – North Adams, Mass.

Marching Band received 1st Place Best Appearing High School Band in the Bristol Mums Parade – Bristol, Conn.

String Orchestra receives 1st Place and Best Overall Orchestra at the Festivals of Music in Boston, MA

Chamber Choir received 2nd Place and their highest rating in ten years at the Festivals of Music in Boston, MA.

Torrington, Connecticut was listed in the “Best 100 Communities in America for Music Education” based on an Internet survey.

Jazz Ensemble receives a Gold Medal at the 16th Annual Enrico Fermi High School Jazz Festival.  THS was the only high school to receive a Gold Medal

2006
Marching Band was selected to represent the State of Connecticut in the 2006 National Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington, D.C.

Torrington, Connecticut was listed in the “Best 100 Communities in America for Music Education” based on an Internet survey.

Mr. Splettstoeszer was named the Connecticut Music Educators Association Secondary Educator of the Year

2005
Marching Band received 1st Place Best Appearing High School Band in the Bristol Mums Parade – Bristol, Conn.

Torrington, Connecticut was listed in the “Best 100 Communities in America for Music Education” based on an Internet survey.

2004
Mr. Splettstoeszer was listed as School Band and Orchestra Magazine 50 Directors that make a difference.

THS Music Technology was featured in the Fall 2004 issue of TI:ME Technology Institute for Music Educators

Marching Band received 1st Place Best Appearing High School Band in the Southington Apple Harvest Parade

Torrington, Connecticut was listed in the “Best 100 Communities in America for Music Education” based on an Internet survey.

2003
Torrington, Connecticut was listed in the “Best 100 Communities in America for Music Education” based on an Internet survey.

2002
Torrington, Connecticut was listed in the “Best 100 Communities in America for Music Education” based on an Internet survey.

THS Music Technology program was featured in the Roland Corporation Educational Newsletter “Instruments of Change”

THS Music Technology Website was awarded the Golden Web Award for Education

Marching Band received 1st Place Best Appearing High School Band in the Southington Apple Harvest Parade

Marching Band selected to perform at Central Connecticut State University Football Game

2001
Torrington, Connecticut was listed in the “Best 100 Communities in America for Music Education” based on an Internet survey.

THS Music Technology Program was the cover story of the April 2001 issue of School Band and Orchestra Magazine

Jazz Ensemble receives “Outstanding Trombone Section” at the Southington High School “Knight of Jazz” High School Jazz Festival

Marching Band receives 1st Place Best Appearing High School Band in the Southington Apple Harvest Parade

Marching Band receives 1st Place Best Appearing High School Band in the Bristol Mums Parade

2000
Torrington, Connecticut was listed in the “Best 100 Communities in America for Music Education” based on an Internet survey.

THS Orchestra was selected to perform at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.  THS was the only Orchestra selected to perform at the Olympic Games

Jazz Ensemble receives 1st Place, Outstanding Rhythm Section and Eric Drucker Piano 01 received Outstanding Festival Soloist at the Williamsburg, Virginia “Festivals of Music” Music Festival.

Marching Band receives 1st Place Best Appearing High School Band in the Southington Apple Harvest Parade

1999
THS Music Department selected as a Finalist in the GRAMMY Signature Schools Program.

Marching Band receives 1st Place Best Appearing High School Band in the Southington Apple Harvest Parade

1998
Concert, Jazz and Marching Bands were  selected to represent the State of Connecticut in the Washington Monument’s 150th Anniversary Celebration – Washington, D.C.

Marching Band receives 1st Place Best Appearing High School Band in the Southington Apple Harvest Parade

1997
Marching Band receives Superior Rating at the Cleveland Ohio “Classic Music Festival” 1st Superior Marching Band Rating in School History

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