About

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!

Band Members

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Marty Hollister
Marty Hollister
trombone, vocals
Marty is a native of central New York. He is a graduate of Fredonia State and has a Masters Degree in Music Performance from Youngstown State University. … Continue readingMarty Hollister
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. … Continue readingJoe Zarr
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. … Continue readingBill Mirgo
John Dugan
John Dugan
drums
John holds a Civil Engineering AAS degree from Mohawk Valley Community College and has been the driving force behind Classified since 2000. . … Continue readingJohn Dugan
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! … Continue readingCarl Goodhines
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. … Continue readingMichael DiMeo
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. … Continue readingScott Rutledge
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. … Continue readingLarry Desiato
Gary Colmey
Gary Colmey
lead vocals, keyboards
Gary worked on a farm, then at an ice cream stand as a teen just long enough to realize that playing the sax, guitar & singing was much more fun, socially beneficial, and profitable. … Continue readingGary Colmey
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. … Continue readingGreeley Ford