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“THS Alumni take on Allentown!

“THS Alumni take on Allentown! So glad that UCONN came down this year. We are beyond lucky to have come from a program that places excellence and family above all else. As I am graduating this year, this could very well be the last time I march and I cannot thank Mr. S enough for giving Torrington such an amazing music program. It has inspired me to become a better musician and a better person. Marching band is something Torrington is very passionate about. There are alumni that continued this passion at UCONN, UMASS, and UD, as well as others, and this just proves how amazing an inspiration Mr. S has been to make us love marching band enough to continue it in college. We ARE the Pride of Torrington!” Sarah Mailloux – Trumpet – THS Alumni

Cory Dumond – University of Connecticut – Euphonium
Gen Shepard – University of Massachusetts – Tuba
Chloe Vollaro – University of Connecticut – Tuba
Sarah Mailloux – University of Delaware – Trumpet



THS Wins North Adams Parade 5th Year !

The 130 member Torrington High School Band “The Pride of Torrington” won 1st Place Highest Scoring Band in the 2015 North Adams (MA) Fall Foliage Parade on Sunday October 4, 2015.  Bands from CT, MA, NY, and VT were in attendance.  This is the 5th year in a row that THS was won 1st Place Highest Scoring Band in the North Adams Parade.



THS Band Wins “Best Overall” Bristol Mums Parade

The Torrington High School Band “The Pride of Torrington” won Best Overall Unit in the 2015 Bristol Mums Parade on Sunday September 27, 2015.  Best Overall is the highest award given at the parade.

Congratulations to the hard working students of “The Pride of Torrington”



THS Alumni Rachel Pelchat Nashoba HS Choir Director!

Welcoming Rachel Pelchat

Alicia Burrows, Editor
September 11, 2015 • 420 views
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With last year’s departure of choir director of 26 years, Susan Mianulli, Nashoba is happy to welcome a new face to the music department: Rachel Pelchat. Ms. Pelchat is both ready and able to take on the role of new choir director. She will be conducting Nashoba’s various range of choirs including Concert Choir, Best Buddies Choir, Broadway Women’s Choir, Chamber Choir, and a few piano and guitar classes on the side as well.

Ms. Pelchat is new to life in Massachusetts, having grown up in Torrington, Connecticut. She claims that she could sing since she could speak, and fell in love with music at a summer camp during her childhood. In Torrington, she was a drum major in her high school band, and she sang at Carnegie Hall with her Chamber Choir. After high school, she attended Western Connecticut State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education.

In college, Ms. Pelchat performed in several opera productions, but her musical accomplishments don’t end there. She toured across Europe with American Music Abroad and she even studied voice in Austria during the Salzburg Music Festival. Pelchat also received the Furman Choral Award, which goes to one senior who had a positive impact on the music department community during her time at WCSU.

Following her college years, Rachel Pelchat taught grades K-5 general music and assisted the high school band in Manchester, New Hampshire. But late last year when the music department was seeking a new choral director, Ms. Pelchat applied, made it to the top 3 candidates, and was fortunately chosen to be Nashoba’s latest addition to the music program.

Over the past week, Pelchat has fallen in love with Nashoba. She says, “I love the COMMUNITY. It is not everywhere where you find staff that supports ALL members of the team and students who are as respectful, focused, and hardworking as the students I have met here so far. I feel like I am on cloud nine working here.” And not only does Ms. Pelchat love Nashoba, Nashoba loves her too. After only a week students are raving about her as a teacher.

Students in the choirs are already in love with Ms. Pelchat’s enthusiasm, organization, and most importantly, her love for music. With such an eager new director, Nashoba’s singers should be prepared for a year of hard work and many accomplishments.

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THS Band September Performances

The Torrington High School Band “The Pride of Torrington” September Performances.

Come out and support “THE PRIDE OF TORRINGTON”






Friday September 11, 2015
Home Football
6:00pm Attendance in Band Room
6:30pm March to Football Field
6:50pm Pre-Game
7:00pm Game Starts
9:30pm March back to Band Room

*Band will stay if game goes into overtime*








Thursday September 24, 2015

BIG-E Parade – West Springfield, MA
1:00pm Dismissed from class
1:00pm Change and Load Equipment and Busses
1:45pm  Leave for West Springfield, MA
3:15pm Arrive in West Springfield, MA
5:00pm BIG-E Parade Steps Off
8:00pm Leave BIG-E for THS
9:15pm Approximate arrival back at THS

*Remind Texts will be used throughout the day to update departure and arrival times*

BIG-E Information for Family and Friends

Directions to the BIG-E

Parking Information




Friday September 25, 2015
Home Football – Homecoming Game!

6:00pm Attendance in Band Room
6:30pm March to Football Field
6:50pm Pre-Game
7:00pm Game Starts
9:30pm March back to Band Room

*Band will stay if game goes into overtime*






Sunday September 27, 2015
Bristol Mums Parade – Bristol, Conn.
11:00am Attendance in Band Room Full Uniform
11:00am Load equipment and Busses
11:30am Leave for Bristol, CT
1:30pm   Parade Steps Off – THS Spot in parade TBD
5:00pm  Approximate arrival at THS

*There will be NO food stops with this performance*

Bristol Mums Information for Family and Friends

Directions to Downtown Bristol, CT

Parade Route

Best Place to watch the parade is Memorial Blvd – near reviewing stand


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