Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor


A fitting tribute for beloved music teacher

To the editor:

Last summer a beloved former music teacher at Middletown High School died. I am talking about Santo Fragilio.

Mr. Fragilio was employed as Band Director at MHS since 1948. He retired in 1984 when the two high schools merged, but continued to work part-time as an Arts Consultant for the city’s schools, which he did until 2015.

At the Feb. 13 Middletown Board of Education meeting, they unanimously accepted the Naming Committee's recommendation to name the Performing Arts Center at MHS after Mr. Fragilio and referred it to the City Council. This body will take up this matter on Monday, March 5.

Mr. Fragilio was an exceptional music teacher. The PAC should carry his name.  He was dedicated to the music students at MHS and the city’s schools. He put the MHS Band on the map, having brought the band to many places, such as the 1965 World's Fair in New York, and toured Europe in 1972 for the International Music Festival in Vienna, Austria.

Mr. Fragilio was well known throughout the Greater Middletown community, having established the Middletown Symphonic Band in 1979. He served many years as director of the annual South Green Christmas Sing. He received awards for his musical talents, such as from the American Council of Learned Societies, Bennington College’s Department of Music Studies, the Middletown Commission On the Arts and the Connecticut Music Educators Association.

I encourage all former students and colleagues of Mr. Fragilio, and fellow musicians, to call or write Mayor Dan Drew and to show up at the March 5 meeting at 7 p.m. to urge the City Council to name the PAC at MHS after Mr. Fragilio.

If you can’t attend, please call Mayor Drew at 860-344-3401 or email him at mayor@MiddletownCT.gov and the City Council at  council@middletownct.gov.

Frank LoGiudice

Naming Committee



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