National touring and recording artist

Live Music Options: 1-6 piece band,
DJ, DJ with live music option, karaoke

Top quality at competitive prices!
Dennis Marcellino is a former member of Sly & The Family Stone, The Elvin Bishop Group and The Tokens (the band famous for the hit "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"). Plus he has an internationally bestselling jazz CD that received a 5-star review in JazzScene Magazine. Dennis can perform "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" as a former member of the band who had that hit. Click here to see him recently perform that song. Click here to see Dennis' music history, including past bands, music appearances, studio experience, television credits and film credits. Click here to see a video of some of that history.

Portland, Oregon area, travels nationwide

Dennis Marcellino performs on the sax, flute, clarinet, guitar and vocals.
All styles of music plus emceeing.

Recent and upcoming events:
Portland Memorial Coliseum
rlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Oregon State Fair
Wells Fargo "Race For The Cure"
Portland Trailblazers
90th Birthday Party
50th Birthday Party
Lots of Weddings


Dennis says, "My primary focus at your event is that you and your guests have a great time. I do this by being very in-tune with the music and volume desires that you initially request (on my Pre-Event Checklist, which you fill out well in advance of the event), and then by staying sensitive to you and your guests as these change throughout the event. Having provided the music for over 1000 receptions, concerts, parties, cruises, grand openings and corporate events, I know what it takes to please an audience, and at casuals, to fill a dance floor, keep it full, appropriately change the mood, and make sure that all announcements go smoothly and are dynamic."


All styles! All eras! Only the hits!

DRESS: tuxedo, suit, dressy casual, casual or theme.

EQUIPMENT: Basic equipment includes a $7,000, 1000 Watt P.A. that includes all top of the line professional components and has great clarity at all volume levels. There also is a 440 Watt P.A. for smaller rooms. Lighting provided if requested.

EXPERIENCE: Over 40 years in the music business, 28 years doing casuals.

CASUALS MUSIC SELECTION: Just the hits! And just the most danceable ones! All styles and eras, specializing in 20th century songs. (As a DJ Dennis brings a library of 2000 songs to each event, plus invites the client to bring their favorites.) Click here for a partial songlist.

Past clients and venues include:

100s of weddings, Fred Meyer Corporation (187 grand openings and corporate events), The Greek Theatre (Los Angeles), Cal Jam 2 (largest paid ticket event in history), The Universal Amphitheatre, Nevada showrooms (Sahara, Harrah’s, MGM Grand, etc.), The Westbury Music Fair (New York), Stadiums (U.S. and Canada), 6 Flags, Disneyland, state fairs (main stage), Irvine Meadows, Fillmore Auditorium, Winterland, Norwegian Cruise Lines, OfficeMax (Ohio and Chicago, IL), Toyota Convention (Maui, Hawaii), American Jukebox Convention (Las Vegas and Chicago), Multnomah County Fair, Taylor Electric Supply, The Best of Everything Catering, Safeway, Pepsi-Cola, The Sternwheeler, Management Recruiters, Holiday Plaza, Cascade Wholesale Hardware, KISN-FM, Mentor Graphics, Ewe-me and Co., All That Entertainment, Sterling Talent, Top Hat Productions, Oregon Convention Center, Rippling River, many Elks, Portland Eagles, Florida Tile, Parents Without Partners, LDS, OHSU, Portland Hilton, KahNeeTa Lodge, Graphic Arts Center, The Academy, Multnomah Athletic Club, Pacific Bell, Chumaree Hotel, Red Lions, Marriots, Shenanigans, Good Samaritan Hospital, Lonigan Construction, Portland Police Athletic Association, McCulloch Farms, Parkside Chapel, Highland Road Racquet Club, The Wedding Cottage, Club Paesano, Wilson High School, Morgan Distributing, Jenkins Estate, Lakeside Gardens

"If there's a better sax player than Dennis Marcellino in the world, I haven't heard him!"
Carter Knox, Entertainment Director, Fred Meyer Corporation


DJ and karaoke video demo

Casual event (band)

The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Jet tour of Dennis' music history

Rock concert

Christmas music


General casuals

Jazz dinner music

Sax demo, 80's pop

Alto sax demo, ballad

Sax demo, flute, Latin

Sax demo, hard rock

Sax demo, modern pop

Sax demo - pop.mp3

Sax demo, Rockabilly

Soprano sax demo, pop

Duo demo


3D Trio audio demo

Click here to see more about Dennis' Trio Band called "3D"


Dennis' Partial Live Song List

Dennis' DJ Song List

Custom concert song list on request

Click here for information on Dennis' corporate speeches, including a video demo

For information or to schedule an event call or

Feedback from past clients

"It was very special for us to have found you to participate in our very special day. Amidst all the musicians and DJs in Portland, I feel like I asked for "the best" and that is what I received! Roger and I will look forward to events with you in the future. You were wonderful Dennis. Thank you!! Warmest Regards Always,"
Carol and Roger Jensen, The Bride and Groom

"Thanks so much!!! You did a great job. Please pass along the praise to your band. We received countless compliments on our choice of bands. I will recommend you to anyone looking for entertainment, any age. Thank you for learning our special request "True Companion." I was very pleased. We are glad you played it a second time as the finale."
Kim and Eric Gill, The Bride and Groom

"You are definitely the best, I would say twice as good as any live music I've ever heard, even when we've gone out. I'm also glad about how you announced everything perfect! We got loads of compliments from friends who said that you really had a lot of talent!! I can't wait 'til my sister gets married, we'll definitely have you back!!! Or to anyone, for that matter, we'll definitely recommend you."
Dave and Diane Gyarts, The Bride and Groom

"I just wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you for the terrific music and performance Saturday night. I never saw our group do so much dancing at any of our previous Christmas parties, or enjoy themselves so much. I'm sure this is due to your band's entertainment." (The band was hired back for their next 4 Christmas parties)
Eva Melkonjan, USC School Of Medicine

"Dennis and his band sounded better than many bands having twice the number of people. They have a 'tight' sound....and Dennis is a killer sax player."
Jeff Marskell, Allied Refrigeration

"Your band played all types of music, appealing to all age groups. They were very impressive and would certainly be an asset to any party."
Roncelli Plastics, Inc.

"We want to thank you for a wonderful evening of fun and great music. I got a lot of compliments on your music selection/style of playing and intend on recommending you to many friends. Thank you for a wonderful music selection!!"
Diane Simonsen (The Bride)

"Our group of guests really enjoyed themselves and were very complimentary. I would highly recommend Dennis Marcellino to anyone looking for quality music."
Georgina K. Gantner (Bride)

"Dennis' singing voice was wonderful!!! Everyone really enjoyed him."
Linda Kerl (hostess at a birthday party where Dennis was a combination DJ & live musician)

"Very professional. Saved the Day!"
Janis Wagner, Total Pharmaceutical Care, Inc.

Dennis' CDs

Dennis has four CD releases under his own name including Tenderly (romantic classics) and Daddy's Home (feel-good oldies including Dennis' version of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" as a past member of the band who had that hit.) His CDs make great party giveaways. Receive a 20 - 80% discount (depending on the number ordered).

Click here for an audio medley of this CD

Click here for an audio medley of this CD

Click here for an audio medley of this CD

Click here for an audio medley of this CD
Tenderly CD
Romantic classics, sax/ guitar instrumental duo

"I can't remember when I've been so entranced by an album. Marcellino is a master virtuoso. FIVE STARS!"
Wayne Thompson, Jazzscene Magazine

"Brilliant music from a remarkable talent!"
Joe Gett, Editor and Station Director, The Loft (ezine and internet radio station)

"Tenderly is so-o-o soothing. I've been playing it every day."
D'Ann Workman, Portland, OR

"This is a lovely collection of popular standards like 'Misty,' 'Tenderly,' and 'Summertime' rendered by saxophonist Dennis Marcellino and guitarist Mark Stefani. Their combined credentials over the past 30 years are simply too long to list. If you love sweet, classic popular songs, this will fill the bill soooo nicely."
Peggy J. Randle, NAPRA Review

"Genius arrangements! Monster musicians!"
Stevan Pasero, million-CD-selling guitarist

"In 'Tenderly', Dennis Marcellino and Mark Stefani perform the sweet sounds of classic jazz at its very best. Dennis Marcellino's virtuoso saxophone performance is both masterful and passionate."
Madeline Frank, violist,"In Performance" and "Madeline's Midnight Melodies" CDs

Daddy's Home CD
Feel Good Oldies that create a great mood.

"If there's a better sax player than Dennis Marcellino in the world, I haven't heard him."
Carter Knox, Fred Meyer Corp. (the #1 retail music outlet on the west coast)

"When it comes to talent, soul and technical virtuosity, in my book Dennis Marcellino has no equal!"
Vision Music Newsletter, April 2000

"The Best version of 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' I've ever heard!"
Ken O'Brien, DJ, KISN-FM (the #1 radio station in Portland, OR)

"You are magical with woodwinds and fact, you make Kenny G sound like a novice..."
Steve Steinfeld, Beggars Road Music, top record search firm

"All the remakes on this CD sound better than the originals!"
Bart Brodsky, Publisher of "Open Exchange", Berkeley, California

"Dennis Marcellino has a great voice. I've been singing professionally for over 30 years and can really appreciate it. Ya' don't hear very many good vocalists these days!!"
Rick Reed,

"Dennis Marcellino's music is totally phenomenal! I mean, REALLY... the solo in "Bring it on Home To Me" just completely blew me away! And Amazing Grace is so completely soul-ful! I don't impress easily, and I'm beyond impressed. I'm blown away"
Carl Spagnuolo, Musical Director for Bo Diddley and entertainment attorney, Boca Raton, FL
(Amazing Grace is on the New Beginning CD)

"I absolutely love this CD! Dennis is so-o-o talented. My thanks to Dennis for making such beautiful music. He has a beautiful voice, and tremendous instrumental talent. I hope this CD makes it big because this is something too great for the human race to not have!"
Theresa Lina, Concert pianist, Atlanta, Georgia

"This CD is great! I've been playing 'Unchained Melody' over and over. It's head over heels better than the original."
Leslie Nicolaides, Ludwig Publishing, Los Angeles

New Beginning CD
An experience of
beauty, peace & love.

"When it comes to soul, Dennis Marcellino redefines the term. His remarkable tone and feel are full of passion and soulful expression."
Bob Carlisle, Grammy & Dove Award, writer/singer of "Butterfly Kisses"

"Dennis Marcellino's music is so beautiful. He makes the sax sound like angels singing."
Kathy Simka, Entertainment Dept., Disneyland, Anaheim, CA

Dennis has one of the most remarkable sounds I've ever heard. He's able to transform a song into an emotion that captivates his audience. Truly inspiring.
Richard Thurgood,, Atlanta, GA

Dennis Marcellino is a true music veteran. His credits include former membership in The Tokens ("The Lion Sleeps Tonight"), Sly and the Family Stone, The Elvin Bishop Group, The Electric Flag and Rubicon. He is a consummate singer, saxophonist, flutist and songwriter. New Beginning contains several instrumental cuts along with a few vocals; each song is beautifully performed. The first two cuts include exquisite saxophone performances, followed by a lovely and peaceful rendition of "How Great Thou Art" on the flute. Marcellino's rendition of "Amazing Grace" is glorious and will send your spirit soaring.
Susan Bailey, Grapevine music magazine

"The NEW BEGINNING CD puts me into ecstasy. Dennis has been given a beautiful gift from God in his music... It is a beautiful ministry."
Lynn Hoffman, Tracy, CA

"(sigh) Absolutely gorgeous! The first two cuts just absolutely floored me. I thought they were just dazzling. Many cuts on this CD are absolutely beautiful."
Ken O'Brien, DJ, KGON-FM, Portland, Oregon

"Dennis Marcellino's music is totally phenomenal! I mean, REALLY... the solo in "Bring it on Home To Me" just completely blew me away! And Amazing Grace is so completely soul-ful! I don't impress easily, and I'm beyond impressed. I'm blown away"
Carl Spagnuolo, Musical Director for Bo Diddley and entertainment attorney, Boca Raton, FL
("Bring it on Home to Me" is on the Daddy's Home CD)

"Amazing Grace" from the New Beginning CD was #1 at in its genre.

"I just love this CD!!! It makes me feel like I'm in heaven listening with God's angels."
Valerie Pinera (wife of Mike Pinera who wrote and sang "Ride Captain Ride")

"WOW!!!! I have never heard such an incredible CD!!"
Bill Carty, Music Minister, First Redeemer Church, Alpharetta Ga.

Spirit of Christmas CD
Beautiful arrangements of traditional favorites.

"Dennis' Christmas CD is magnificent. I can't tell you how much I love it...The best Christmas CD I've ever heard."
Lynn Hoffman, Tracy, CA

"Wow!... I really liked the CD. Very, very nice work, Dennis!"
Sarah Lavey, Project Manager, Fred Meyer Stores

"Oh my God, this is a beautiful Christmas CD! Dennis you play so beautifully. I almost cried just listening to it."
Rosemary Reynosa, Modesto, CA

"A powerful CD!"
Rev. Todd Molinari, Milwaukie, OR

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