Local band Long Tom rocks at Suffield’s town green

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Suffield - posted Wed., Jul. 31, 2013
The local Suffield band Long Tom entertains the crowd. The band members are Brian Casinghino, Bob Casinghino, Tim O’Connell and Denis McManus. Photos by Lisa Stone.
The local Suffield band Long Tom entertains the crowd. The band members are Brian Casinghino, Bob Casinghino, Tim O’Connell and Denis McManus. Photos by Lisa Stone.

The local band called Long Tom rocked the crowd at the Suffield Town Green on July 17. The band played the last concert of Suffield’s summer concert series that was sponsored by Suffield Parks and Recreation.

People brought food and cold drinks to help them relax and enjoy the music. Long Tom is a local band that has been playing a mix of soft rock, R&B, classic pop and original music for several years. The band really likes playing when the crowd gets into the music. “They love looking out and seeing people sing along to the music, especially when it is in their hometown,” said Wendy LaMontagne, the director of Suffield Parks and Recreation. “It makes them feel like they are helping friends and family to forget about their day and just unwind when they are sitting in their chairs and singing along.”

Up close to the gazebo where the band was playing sat several family members of the band. They try to listen to the band play whenever they are in the area.

One family gathered under a nearby tree to listen to the tunes, Linda and Mark Petrucci, along with their son, Sam, were sitting in the shade and having a fun family night out. “I like the band. I want to come to more concerts,” said Sam.

“This is a nice way to end the day,” said Linda.

Parents loved it because they felt that the children could run around on the grass and they didn’t worry about the kids getting hurt. It was a safe, cool way to relax and just enjoy the summer.

A little further back under some more trees was a large group of friends. They put their chairs into a circle and were enjoying snacks and cold drinks while having fun, laughing and listening to the music. “This is great,” said Rona Dudas.

“Long Tom is a great local band,” said LaMontagne. “The lead band member, Brian Casinghino, is also the Parks and Rec. commissioner. He helped organize all of the concerts that took place this summer. We were really happy to have had them play for our residents. With the cost of everything today, it is nice to have some free entertainment. That is what we are trying to do for the people of Suffield.” The department is already working on next summer’s concert series lineup.


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