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MSP Auditorium Dedication Ceremony Scheduled

The Middle School of Plainville Auditorium Dedication Committee will hold a ceremony honoring the memory of former Plainville Community Schools Music Instructor and Band Director George Ventrelli, on Wednesday, September 26, 2007, at 7:00 PM at the Middle School of Plainville, 150 Northwest Drive.

Ventrelli, a lifelong Plainville resident, graduated from Plainville High School and the Hartt School of Music. He began his teaching career in the Hartford Public school system, and joined the Plainville school system as a rotating music teacher in 1956, serving the Linden, Wheeler, and former Plainville Junior High schools for two decades. In 1976, Ventrelli was chosen to fill the vacancy of Mel Perry, Music Teacher and Band Director at Plainville High School who passed away that year. Ventrelli served in this capacity until 1983, when he retired. Ventrelli passed away in June of 1990.

The proposal to honor Ventrelli was initiated by current Plainville High School Band Director Dominic Talotta and former student Diane Michaud. A Dedication Committee was then formed and the group met throughout the spring and summer to create a proposal to honor Ventrelli. The proposal to approve the naming of the Middle School of Plainville Auditorium in honor of Ventrelli was presented to and approved by the Plainville Board of Education in June.

"I am so excited that this dedication is moving forward," said Diane Michaud, Committee Chair. "No one is more deserving than Mr. V."

In addition to teaching, Ventrelliís music career included collaboration with nationally known musicians Henry Mancini and Al Gentile. He also performed at a number of local establishments over the years, entertaining audiences with his repertoire which included saxophone, clarinet, flute, and piano. A legend in the Plainville community, Ventrelli, known affectionately as "Mr. V.", touched the lives of countless Plainville community members over the years, through his passion for music and energy as an instructor, musical leader, and performer.

"I fondly recall the wonderful memories of learning in Mr. V's class. They were exciting days where he enthusiastically engaged teenagers in the love of music by connecting to our lives," commented Dr. Kathleen Binkowski, Superintendent of Schools.

The auditorium dedication ceremony will feature entertainment and refreshments. The event is open to the public, however those wishing to attend should RSVP to Joan Calistro, at (860) 793-3210, extension 202, by September 21st.

-Posted on September 14, 2007 at 05:01 PM

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