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!
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Larry is the next original founding member of Classified that is still performing with the band. He was actually the original drummer for the first five years of the band when the band was establishing itself as the “biggest” band in Central New York.
He is a 1974 graduate of Notre Dame High School in Utica and has played professionally ever since. He has played drums and/or sang lead vocals for bands such as Preacher, Breezin’, Airtime, Mirage, Metro and of course, Mr. Edd.
Larry learned to play the drums when was eight years old and played in various drum and bugle corps such as The Magnificent Yankees and DCI finalist, The Auburn Purple Lancers.
Larry has shared the stage with national acts such as Orleans and Las Vegas showroom stars The Scintas, whom Larry subbed on drums for several shows when their regular drummer was out ill.
He is an accomplished and well known musician in central New York who utilizes his talent to not only just sing and play, but also to entertain the audience as well with breathtaking impersonations of artists like Louie Armstrong & Johnny Mathis.
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.
Since graduating, in addition to regular performances, he taught elementary music education, served as band director for the American Legion Boy’s State Summer Program and the Morrisville SUNY Collge instrumental instructor.
He has and/or continues to perform with groups such as the Syracuse Symphony Pops Orchestra, the Maria DeSantis Orchestra, the Central New York Jazz Orchestra, the Danny D’Imperio Big Band and Nathan Williams & the Zydeco Cha-Chas.
Onstage, Joe is known for his infectious enthusiasm and fancy dance steps as he leads the horn section back and forth across the stage.
Dana’s first instrument was trombone, but for the past 30 years he has performed as a Dixieland tuba player for groups such as The Clef Dwellers, North Country Preservation Jazz Band and the Gutbucket Five. As a trombonist, he has played a wide range of musical styles, from the classical repertoire of the Paris Hill Brass Quintet, to the big band sound of the Stage Music Big Band, the Utica Symphony, and musical pit orchestras for many area high schools.
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 graduated high school in Utica, New York and later attended Berklee College of Music in Boston.
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!
During the eighties, he toured with the absolutely legendary central New York RCA recording artists “805”.
But one of the most spectacular and memorable shows Carl ever played was a very special concert on the White House front lawn in celebration of our nation’s bicentennial in 1976.
Like his fellow bandmates, Carl is also fluent on other instruments as well. However Carl possesses a unique, God-given talent…he has perfect pitch.
Bill Mirgo is the newest addition to the rhythm section of Classified. Quiet and unassuming, he is an incredible soloist as well.
He has played guitar in various bands in the Central New York area for the past 25 years including, but not limited to, the Dynamic Imports, Murphy’s Law and Lonesome Dove.
He also regularly plays for the great Joe Angerosa Elvis Tribute Show.
Bill is a self-taught musician, and has studied with the legendary guitarist Carmen Caramanica before continuing on to become a a gifted guitar instructor himself, having taught hundreds of students over the past several years.
Maurice Putrello has played drums since he three years old, and professionally since the age of eight. He started his formal training at five years old, and continued studies throughout all of his school years, including timpani and mallet studies . During high school, Maurice played with the Utica Civic Band and the Utica Symphony Orchestra as their principal timpanist. He then went on to perform with such groups as Holidaye, United Artist group Sail, Target, Prime Time Band (SC), Deaz Guys, Permanent Tourists, Soul Injection, and now, proud and pleased to be a member of Central New York’s finest, Classified.