Originally assembled in the early 1990’s, the band, Classified was the concept of Freddie Faccioli.  A former organist and vocalist with the legendary group Eric & the Chessmen during the 1960’s, Facciolli was also leader of Ascension, the area’s premier horn band, throughout most of the 1970’s.

Tony Lanzi

Anthony (Tony) Lanzi was born in Syracuse, New York on May 30, 1947.  He grew up in Rome and graduated from Rome Free Academy in 1965.  Four years later he received a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Kent State University.  He did graduate work at Utica College and Syracuse University. 

Else Holmelund Minarik

Else Holmelund Minarik was born on September 13, 1920 in Denmark.  She immigrated to the United States with her family when she was 4 years old.  Her mother helped her learn English by taking her to the playground and translating what the children were saying.

Catherine O’Neill

Catherine P. O’Neill is a native of Rome, New York, and is a 1980 graduate of Rome Catholic High School.  She attended LeMoyne College and SUNY Upstate Medical School in Syracuse, and completed her residency in Internal Medicine in Buffalo, NY. 

Leonard Urso

Leonard Urso was born in 1953 and grew up in Rome, NY, graduating from RFA in 1971.  His pursuit of art began when he was a young man and led him to study at the SUNY New Paltz.  After graduating with a Master of Fine Arts degree he began

Valerie Wood

Valerie Wood was born on Christmas Day in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1950.  She was raised in Thornwood, N.Y., a small town north of New York City.  She graduated from Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam in 1972

Billie Worth

Billie Worth was born Wilhelmina “Billie” Rothmund in Rome, NY (at Rome Hospital) on October 20, 1916.