Distinctive entertainment for fun and memorable events!
BARBARA'S SERENADE: Choose from 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. We offer the versatility of multi-instrumentalists who solo or team up as duos, small combos, or full bands to meet the needs of your venue and occasion.
The bands are managed by Barbara Occhino, a multilingual vocalist (English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese) who sings with her Barbara's Serenade jazz/Latin bands as well as Metro New York area bands. "Her personality is warm like sunshine and her love of music is her joy and gift to people. Her voice is soft and sultry," says The Fairfield County Music Reporter. Read more
3 1/2-minute Music Sampler
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.