Southington marching band grants local boy’s Christmas wish

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SOUTHINGTON — A Berlin Avenue teen’s Christmas wish was answered by 50 Southington High School marching band members who showed up outside his house to play a medley of songs Tuesday morning.

Tiffany Gillis said her son Logan, who has special needs, asked her about getting a marching band for Christmas. She explained Santa brings toys, not people.

When the crowd of band members and parents showed up at her house, Gillis was “overwhelmed.”

“For the past two weeks, he’s been asking for a marching band,” she said. “This is the best for him.”

Logan, 17, is “huge on music,” his mother said. He plays drums and is taking guitar lessons. While the band played in the street in front of his house, he drummed along on a bucket in the front yard.

The band assembled down the street and then marched to the Gillis’ house. Band parents Tracie Stanton and Cassie Messina know the family and heard about Logan’s request. They decided to get some people to play in front of the house and thought few band members would be able to come.

“We thought we might get ten kids,” Messina said. “We were very happy.”

The two have known Logan for years and live nearby.

“We said, ‘OK, let’s bring the marching band to him,’” Messina said.

Police blocked off Berlin Avenue for the performance, which included band songs as well as Christmas music. The band also sang “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” to Logan.

Logan has practiced with the band before. On Tuesday, he said his favorite instrument is drums.

His mother said he was thrilled with the performance.

“I couldn’t be more grateful,” she said.
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