Band History

Classified was originally assembled in the early 90’s, and was the concept of Freddie Faccioli, organist and vocalist from the legendary groups Eric & the Chessmen in the 60’s, and leader of the great horn band Ascension during the 70’s. Freddie had the idea that a premier horn band like Ascension could be formed again, but presented with the technology and sophisticated sound systems in use today. In addition to Freddie Faccioli on organ, Larry Desiato on drums & vocals, Scott Rutledge on trumpet & vocals and Greeley Ford on bass, the original Classified lineup also featured Ascension veteran Pat Putrello on trumpet & vocals (see original photo and credits below.) 

While it truly was "getting the band back together," it also featured many talented musicians from other top current musical acts in the area with Gary Colmey being added to the original lineup several months later. Their collective resume was so long, it was said that it looked like a "Classified" ad. Thus, the name was created and so was the mission statement of the band…. EOE--"Equal Opportunity Entertainment" for all, which continues in full force today!

Classified early 90s pic
Classified early 90s pic
Classified - 25 Years of Class
Classified - 25 Years of Class

Band Members

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Greeley Ford
Greeley Ford
bassist, vocals, bandleader
Originally from Asbury Park, NJ, Greeley graduated from Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, NY and came to upstate New York in the early 70s, earning a BA in Speech Communications & Dramatic Arts from Utica College.
Scott Rutledge
Scott Rutledge
trumpet, lead vocals
Scott is director of music at Holy Cross Academy and St. Joseph's Church in Lee Center, NY where he lives on a small farm, and continues a very full schedule as a performer, teacher, conductor, and clinician in a wide variety of popular, jazz, classical and sacred musical settings.
Keith James
Keith James
lead vocals, keyboards
Keith has been a fixture of the CNY music scene for over two decades both as a music instructor and performer. He can be seen as a solo act in clubs and for parties/weddings all over the area and is in demand as a keyboardist and vocalist, best known for his former tenure in bands like United Booty Foundation, Dashboard Nixon and Showtime.
Larry Desiato
Larry Desiato
lead vocals, percussion
Larry is the next original founding member of Classified as well as the original drummer for the first five years of the band in it's infancy.
Michael DiMeo
Michael DiMeo
trumpet
Before joining Classified in the mid 1990's, Michael played with Fuel and the Sal Alberico Big Band. Since then, he has played for the Four Tops, the Temptations, Bobby Vinton and Frankie Avalon just to name a few.
Maurice Putrello
Maurice Putrello
drums
bio coming soon
Joe Zarr
Joe Zarr
saxophone
Joe Zarr is the youngest member of Classified. He is a graduate of West Genesee High School and the Ithaca College School of Music with a BA in Music Education.
Dana Jerrard
Dana Jerrard
trombone, vocals
As a 30-year resident of Central NY Dana has been a trombone performer in a wide range of musical styles, in addition to being a Dixieland tuba player of note.
Carl Goodhines
Carl Goodhines
keyboards
Carl has played professionally since 1975. He has toured all over the country, including lengthy stints in Las Vegas. He has performed onstage in 46 states!
Bill Mirgo
Bill Mirgo
guitar
Bill is a self-taught musician, and has studied with the legendary guitarist Carmen Caramanica before continuing on to become a gifted guitar instructor himself, having taught hundreds of students over the past several years.