Richard Wells taught in the Torrington Public Schools for seventeen years from 1973 to 1989. He began as the high school orchestra director and assistant high school band director. However, during his tenure in Torrington Richard taught at most of the schools in the district, including East, Forbes, Forest Court, North, Riverside, Southeast, Southwest, Torringford, and Vogel. It was at Vogel that he taught the most number of years as the Band Director. There are pictures in the program from this era. They are of the Vogel School float that was part of the Memorial Day Parade. At that time the orchestra joined the band as the flag squad and the chorus marched behind the band singing. We were the largest unit in the parade!
Mr. Wells was the Torrington High School band director from 1984 to 1989. At which time the band received a number of awards at national competitions and adjudication festivals. They became very active as a marching and parade band. It was during this time that the band was very excited when they were able to design and purchase new uniforms to replace the old outdated uniforms. These uniforms happen to be the same uniforms the band currently is wearing. (See picture below)
Mr. Wells left the Torrington Schools in 1989 to assume the position of Director of Music and Performing Arts for the Simsbury Schools and will be retiring form that position at the end of this school year. Over the course of his career he has become recognized for his work in curriculum and assessment, with a number of articles in major professional publications, and workshops and professional development sessions for
local school districts, state departments of education and at state regional and national conferences.
Mr. Wells was the Curriculum Resource Chair for the Connecticut Music Educators Association, President of the Connecticut Arts Administrators Association, the chair of the National Counsel of Supervisor of Music Education. He served on the editorial board of the Music Educator’s National Journal. He also served as the president of Phi Beta Mu an Honorary Band Directors Fraternity that supports the development of band and music education programs throughout the country.
In addition to being the Supervisor of the Music and Performing Arts for the Simsbury Public Schools, Mr. Wells is currently the chair of the State Music Assessment Taskforce, a group of teachers who are developing a voluntary set of music assessment materials. He also administers two Inter-district Cooperative Grants one in Music Composition and the other in Ballroom Dance. Through these programs students from diverse school districts work together learning valuables knowledge and skills while at
the same time reducing the racial, social, and economic isolation that divides our schools.