LITCHFIELD - As a city with a growing niche for the arts, Torrington is sending its own contingent of teens to join kids from the U.S. and abroad for the Litchfield Jazz Camp. Eight kids from Torrington attended, or will attend, at least one of the weeklong sessions of camp held at the Forman School in Litchfield, PR and Marketing Director Lindsey Turner said. Of the more than 540 kids, less than half hailed from Connecticut while the rest came from around the U.S. and from five other countries, she said. Two Shea brothers, Pat, 14, and Chris, 13, spent a session at the camp playing their instruments, an alto sax for Pat and clarinet for Chris.
"My combos (group) teachers are some of the best I've ever had," Pat said. "We did some really good songs." At camp there was so much to do, and the faculty concerts were amazing, he said. He also liked the jam session. "You make music up from your head," Pat said. "Just have fun with it, and just do it."
...combos was Chris' favorite part of the camp because he got to have a lot of fun while playing songs, he said. "I learned a lot," Chris said. "(Camp) was very good. I would recommend anyone who is 13 to 18 years old who has a passion for music to go to it." ...He hopes to return to camp next year, he said.