Thursday, July 19, 2018

Pat Longo's Hollywood East Coast Big Band at Rutherfurd Hall

Pat Longo's Hollywood East Coast Big Band


WHEN: July 27, 2018; 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm (Limited seating 110 seats)
Rutherfurd Hall, 1686 Route 517 - Allamuchy
TICKETS: $35 in Advance or $40 at the Door
Tickets available locally in Hackettstown, NJ at
Mama's Cafe Baci & Panther Valley Pharmacy

Pat Longo was born and raised in Lodi as Pasquale Pizolongo and was inspired to become a musician in eighth grade in 1943. Longo played the clarinet and alto saxophone for four years in the high school band and orchestra and continues with those instruments today.

After graduation, he enrolled in the United States Marine Corps in 1948. He played in the Second Marine Air Wing Band in Cherry Point, North Carolina”. Longo played at military and civilian ceremonies, formal concerts, community celebrations, parades, festivals, and public relations tours during his service. “It’s the best duty I can ever get,” said Longo about his role in the band. “Playing marches when you are marching down with a 70 piece Marine Corps band was very exciting.”

After the military, he attended college in California with a music major and joined up with legendary jazz bands out there.“I was going to college and started playing with Latin Bands on the weekends,” Longo said.

In 1972, Longo said he received a call from Lee Castle, the leader of the Jimmy Dorsey Band, for an invitation to play saxophone in the band.Then in 1975, Frank “Pee Wee” Monte, the leader of the Harry James Orchestra, called Longo in and joined the band. Longo was part of the Harry James Band until 1978. That year he left Harry and started his own band - the Hollywood East Coast Big Band.