Barbara's Serenade bands are managed by multilingual singer Barbara Occhino offering the versatility of multi-instrumentalists who perform solo or team up as duos, small combos, and full bands.
Drawing inspiration from the American Songbook, jazz, swing, and blues along with famous Latin and international melodies, "Barbara’s Serenade" performs a blend of romantic, entertaining, and lively music that makes us a favorite among music fans of all ages.
Our professional musicians have toured the US and abroad, performing in major venues like Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, Las Vegas and Northeast casinos, and with celebrities like Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, Buddy Rich, The Supremes, and others. Locally, our bands have performed at Stamford's The Palace, Harbor Point, The Bartlett Arboretum, corporate events, festivals, country clubs, and private affairs.
Jazz & American Songbook Music Sampler
Latin Melodies Sampler
"You were truly a godsend for this event. It was a huge success! Your band was phenomenal!" - Stamford Downtown Special Services District
"You did an outstanding job! We received wonderful feedback. Thank you for your enthusiastic participation!" - TMK Sports & Entertainment
“You’re wonderful to work with! Thanks for all that great music and being so flexible. - The Ferguson Public Library
"Thank you!! You and your band were fabulous!" - Bob & Kathi 50th Wedding Anniversary
Ballroom, hip hop, tap, Broadway, Flamenco. If you would like ballroom dancers to mingle and inspire your guests to dance, to teach a workshop at an event or fundraiser, or need choreography for a special dance or theatrical musical, Barbara and network of professional choreographers and dancers are ready to help you. Barbara has choreographed (click for poster & review) for musicals and her master choreographers have appeared on "So You Think You Can Dance" and performed with celebrities like Michael Jackson, Paula Abdul, among others, and appeared on The Grammys, MTV’s Video Music Awards, Academy Awards, the 1996 Olympic Games Opening, and major films.
THEATRE & COMEDY
If you're interested in musical theatre or comedy entertainment at your event, Barbara's network of entertainers can create custom shows. Barbara has performed leading roles in shows in theatres, restaurants, senior centers, private homes, and more. Trained by Barnum & Bailey and Big Apple Circus professional clowns, she volunteers in parades and has served as commercial professional talent.
Enjoy a grand choral repertoire or caroling musically directed by esteemed directors. Barbara has been a choral member and is connected with a number of classical, Gospel, men's, and a cappella choirs.