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Let's get the THS Marching Band to D.C. Fundraiser on tap for Saturday.

POSTED January 30, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

The Torrington Marching Band is holding a fundraiser at THS on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to raise needed money for a trip to Washington, D.C. in April. Photo by Marianne Killackey.

TORRINGTON: You know them, you love them, let’s help send them to Washington.

I’m talking about the amazingly talented musicians who make up the Torrington High School Marching Band.

Now, I’d like to send these bright students to our nation’s capital to end the gridlock and get something done but let us start with getting them there to do something we know they can attain.

That would be to entertain, show off and otherwise make the City of Torrington proud of what they do on a daily basis in and around New England.

Led by one of the most passionate supporters of music in the history of the school, director Wayne Splettstoeszer, this band, some 75 strong, is a pleasure to witness at any sporting event or competition they enter.

By the way, don’t compete against them unless you have brought your “A” game because with over 20 first place awards since 1996, this is not a group to be taken lightly.

The Band (with pure Blues Brothers reverence) is looking to take their second trip to the National Cherry Blossom Parade which will take place on April 11 on a ten block area of Constitution Avenue in D.C.

This event comes primed with floats, balloons, band from across the country along with entertainment from celebrity performers, kind of like the band from THS.

Splettstoeszer and his musicians took part in the 2006 parade and were also part of the 2010 National Independence Day Parade celebration.

All of this cost money. Have to get the band down to the Beltway.

With that in mind, one of many fundraisers the group is putting on is happening this Saturday at the high school.

The First Annual Mattress Sale Fundraiser will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the high school where folks can purchase name brand bedding at up to 60 % off the retail price.

To send each of these band members cost about $500.00 and while they are doing well, any donation will help make sure all students who want to go, can.

$500.00 in the dead of winter is not easy for anyone so the director is looking for some help.

“We are in the home stretch but there are many families that this is still out of reach for,” Splettstoeszer said. “We have had numerous fundraisers but any donations would be greatly appreciated.”

The majority of these students who take part in the band activities will move on to the next level of their education.

Maybe some of them can actually make the journey to Washington in a different capacity and truly help change things.

Let’s help them get there.

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