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Rocco Barbato began studying the saxophone at the age of eight. Syracuse Saxophone Clinician, Gerald Santy, planted the technical skills that gave Rocco his solid foundation. Commendable on the saxophones, he brought school programs to the highest level. Rocco graduated with honors from the Grove School of Music and was awarded most talented in national competitions. While attending the Grove School he worked with Rob McConnel (Boss Brass), Jay Daversa "Stan Kenton Big Band", Lanny Morgan and Med Flory (Super Saxophone), Pete Erskines and Joel DiBartolo (Johnny Carson -Tonight Show Band).
Rocco headlined with just artists as Grover Washington Jr., Kirk Whalum, The Robert Cray Band, Kansas, John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band, The Rippingtons, Harvey Mason, Gladys Knight, Rick Springfield, Dr. John, Robert Conti and many more.
Performing national music venues, club dates, recording sessions, and Broadway, led Rocco to endorse for major music instrument companies, and he is currently a Conn-Selmer artist. Rocco has been selected as one of the top ten saxophonists in the United States by BET On Jazz.
Rocco captivates audiences with his amazing energy and passionate saxophone style. For the last decade, he has performed at the top resort casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, including a four-year run at the Bellagio, followed by a five-year engagement with nationally renowned comedian/impressionist, Gordie Brown. For the last 3 ½ years Rocco has been the lead alto saxophonist for The Donny & Marie Show and performs with them in the main show room at the Flamingo, Las Vegas. Touring performances include "Donny & Marie...A Broadway Christmas" a four week engagement at the Marriott Marquis Theater in NYC. He is also on Donny and Marie's latest CD "Together Again" and "Vegas Love."