Associate Director- Richard Theriault

Rich has been the musical director and conductor of the Bristol Brass and Wind Ensemble (See Video of BBWE) since 2008. Under his leadership, BBWE was selected and performed at the Festival of Bands, Lake George, New York in July 2013. The Band recently performed with the Traveler’s Chorale at Bushnell Memorial Auditorium for two Holiday concerts.  Rich is also the director of the Bristol Reunion Jazz Band. He earned both a BS and MA in music education from Western Connecticut State University. His musical teaching career spans forty years. He is the former director of bands at Bristol Eastern High School, is currently an instrumental teacher at Miss Porter's School and gives private instrumental lessons.  He has been guest conductor and adjudicator for numerous Regional Band Festivals including the Connecticut Music Educators Northern, Southern and Western Band Festivals, the Bristol Symphony. and is the retired musical director of the 102nd Army National Guard Band. 

His many professional accomplishments have earned him national recognition as Connecticut's representative for School Band and orchestra Magazine's "50 Directors Who Make A Difference" Locally he was voted Bristol's 1993 Teacher of the Year. He is past president of the Phi Beta Mu- Band Directors fraternity, as well as former chairman of the Arts Committee for the Conneticut Association of Secondary Schools. Locally, the Board of Directors of the Bristol Center for  Arts and Culture honored him as a 2013 recipient for the”ACE” Award for his contributions to the local arts,culture and entertainment environment.   Rich lives with his wife Jane in Bristol, Ct..