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Mr. Hodgkins receives national recognition

School Band and Orchestra Magazine’s 17th annual “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” highlights some of the best music educators across all fifty states. These outstanding band and orchestra directors were nominated by our readers, including current and former students, colleagues and peers, parents, and others who’ve had a wonderful experience with the music programs put on by these amazing teachers. SBO asked each teacher the same three questions, including their proudest teaching moments, how they hope to make a difference in students’ lives, and to tell us what the most important lesson they try to teach each of their students is. Their answers are as varied as the geographic locations of these music programs. We found the responses to be inspiring, thought-provoking, and insightful, and think you will, too. And now, SBO proudly salutes the 2014 class of 50 Directors Who Make a Difference!


Name: Dan Hodgkins
School: Torrington Middle School
City, State: Torrington, CT
Total years teaching: 13
Years at current school: 13
Number of students in instrumental music program: 210

What is your proudest moment as an educator?
I am incredibly proud of the number of students who have gone on to pursue music in some fashion after high school. To think that I may have helped shape that love of music makes me incredibly proud.

How do you hope to make a difference in students’ lives?
I’ve shared my joys, my frustrations, my achievements, and my struggles. No matter what, and my students know this, I will give them 100 percent of whatever I can. I truly want my students to know that honesty is always the best policy, and that I care about them – whether they are first or last chair, I want them to be the best musician they can. Not everyone will play every note. I want them to be the best they can be, and I will support them every step of the way.

What is the most important lesson that you try to teach your students?
Do the work. There are no shortcuts, and there is no “easy way.” The only way to better yourself, in any aspect of your life, is to accept the fact that you will have to work at it. Those that do, see the results. Those that shy away from it, are still waiting for the results. It won’t happen on its own.

Used Clothing Drive – THS Band



THS Students selected for ASBDA Honor Bands!

Congratulations to the following THS Band students on being selected to the 2014 Connecticut American School Band Directors Association Honor Band Festival.

The 2014 ASBDA Honor Band Festival will take place at Coginchaug High School in Durham, Connecticut on Monday November 17, 2014 – 7:00pm Concert.

ASBDA Wind Ensemble
Conductor – Dr. Lauren Reynolds – Central Connecticut State University

Kaylee Lanczycki – Clarinet
Tom Killackey – Trumpet

ASBDA Symphonic Band
Conductor – Dr. Kyle Glaser  - Texas State University

Gabrielle Vega – Flute
Andrew Schimanski – Clarinet
Ashley Civelli – Clarinet
Molly Serven – French Horn
Segal Jones – French Horn
Aaron Pelletier – Euphonium
John Thebarge – Tuba



Welcome TMS 8th Grade Students!

Welcome Torrington Middle School 8th Grade Students!

Please feel free to explore our website.

Any questions ask one of the students at the table today!

THS Wins North Adams Parade!

The Torrington High School Marching Band “The Pride of Torrington” received 1st Place Best Appearing High School Band Award at the 2014 North Adams Fall Foliage Parade on Sunday October 5 in North Adams, Massachusetts.  This marks the fourth year in a row that THS has received the top honor!  High School Bands from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Vermont were in attendance.

Seniors with the North Adams Trophy

Torrington High School Band will be marching in the 2015 National Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington, D.C. on Saturday April 11, 2015.  If you or someone you know would like to make a donation to the THS Band 2015 National Cherry Blossom Parade Fund please contact WSplettstoeszer@torrington.org

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