Barbara’s Serenade bands, managed by Barbara Occhino, offer 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, our romantic and lively repertoire makes us a favorite among music fans of all ages.
The musicians are managed by Barbara Espinosa Occhino, a Cuban multilingual vocalist (English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese) who performs in the Metro New York area. 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, art galleries, country clubs, retail venues, and private affairs.
In addition to bands, Barbara can provide award-winning ballroom and folkloric dancers/instructors, theater and comedy performers, choirs, and custom entertainment for special events, fundraisers and shows.
"You were truly a godsend for this event. It was a huge success! Your band was phenomenal!"- Stamford Downtown Special Services District
"Thank you!! You and your band were fabulous!" - Bob & Kathi's 50th Wedding Anniversary
"You've given us an impressive roster of musicians! We are enormously grateful as it adds such a wonderful dimension to the event!" - Jackie W, Artwalk
"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