Band Members

Greeley Ford - Bass, Vocals & Bandleader


Greeley is from Asbury Park, New Jersey, where he graduated from Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, NJ.. He came to upstate New York in the early seventies to earn a Syracuse University BA in Speech Communications/Dramatic Arts from Utica College.

When he left the Jersey Shore, fellow bar bands like Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band were playing the same club circuit.

Larry Desiato -  Lead Vocals & Percussion


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. …

Gary Colmey -  Keyboards & Lead Vocals


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. He moved on to piano/keyboards as soon as he could afford his first Wurlitzer electric and never looked back.

Scott Rutledge - Trumpet & Lead Vocals


Scott Rutledge attended Westmoreland Schools, graduating in 1976. Scott received his A.A.S. in Music from Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY in 1978 and his B.A. from the Crane School of Music at Potsdam in 1980

Scott was a member of the Olympic Symphony Orchestra for the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid NY, as well as serving as wind instructor and director of the Wind Ensemble at the Grenville Christian Academy in Brockville Ontario, and the Crane School of Music Jazz Band ll in 1981

Michael Dimeo - Trumpet


Michael DiMeo received his B.S. in Music Education from SUNY Potsdam and his M.S. in Music Education in 1973.

Michael just retired after teaching music at the New Hartford High School since 1976, having served as department chair since 1980.

He led the NHHS Spartan Marching Band to several NYS Field Band Class AA Champions in 1982, 1990, 1991 & 1996. …

Carl Goodhines - Keyboards


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!

John Dugan - Drums


John Dugan lives in Sherrill, New York, and is a graduate of the Mount Markham High School in West Winfield, New York.

He has been the driving force behind Classified since 2000.

He holds a Civil Engineering AAS degree from Mohawk Valley Community College.

Bill Mirgo - Guitar


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.

Joey Zarr - Saxophone, Flute


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.

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.

During the mid eighties, Marty toured playing lead baritone for the world champion Garfield Cadets Drum & Bugle Corp.

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