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Classified is the premier horn band of central NY, and was voted number  by the readers of the Utica Observer Dispatch in their Readers Choice Poll for two years in a row.  Classified has shared the stage with several international artists including Maynard Ferguson, Benny Mardones, Rare Earth, Eddie Money, KC & the Sunshine Band, Jason Marsalis, Gap Mangione, The Pointer Sisters and Earth, Wind & Fire to name a few. The abilities of the members of Classified encompass all styles of music, which is why they are the most sought after black-tie affair act in the area, and beyond.

Original History of the Band

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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