About The Director


Rich Theriault

Mr. Richard Theriault is Musical  Director of the Bristol Brass and Wind Ensemble . He was also former director of bands at Bristol Eastern High School in Bristol Connecticut.He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at Western Connecticut State University. Mr. Theriault has been an instrumental music instructor and band director for the past forty years. As Bristol’s Teacher of the year in 1993, he was also elected the Connecticut representative of “ Fifty Directors Who Make a Difference” for School Band and Orchestra  Magazine, a national publication.

He has been guest conductor for various functions, including the Connecticut Music Educators Northern, Southern and Western Regional Band Festivals, the Connecticut future Musicians All- State Parochial School Band, and the Bristol Symphony.

Mr Theriault is retired Musical Director of the 102nd Army National Guard Band. He also plays professionally in the Hartford area as a saxophonist, and has performed in pit bands for Frank Gorshin and Sammy Davis Jr.  Mr. Theriault is former president of Phi Beta Mu national band director’s fraternity, and former chairman of the Arts committee for the Connecticut Association of Secondary Schools . Along with conducting duties of the Bristol Brass and Winds, Mr. Theriault is a woodwind instructor at Miss Porter’s School, and assistant Musical Director of the Bristol Choral Society.