The greatest saxophonist
on the planet!
Dennis has an extensive history in the music business as a professional internationally successful musician who plays sax, flute, guitar and other instruments, as well as being a vocalist, composer and arranger. After converting to Christianity in 1982 his heart was no longer in the secular music industry and he longed to use his talent and work energy to help spread God's kingdom. To that end he recorded his "New Beginning" CD which has a beautiful spiritual feel including originals and songs such as Amazing Grace. His most current CD release, "The Spirit of Christmas", is a remake of some traditional Christmas favorites with his own unique and uplifting arrangements. He is currently working on his first Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) CD which is called "X-Factor" which is soon to be released. To hear samples of Dennis' CDs click here.
Dennis is a former member of some top bands including The Tokens (the band who once had the hit, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"), Sly & The Family Stone, The Elvin Bishop Group and Rubicon. With these groups he recorded 10 albums. As a solo artist he had the #1 selling cassette in the Northwest in 1992 & 1993 called "It's Christmas" and the following solo CD releases: "Daddy's Home", "New Beginning" and "The Spirit of Christmas". He has a duo CD release with Mark Stefani called "Tenderly" that received a five star review in Jazzscene magazine. Besides being a member of the above bands, he has recorded and toured as a musician/vocalist with Sha Na Na, Rare Earth, The Electric Flag, Graham Central Station among others. He has also been a special guest star on many television shows including The Tracey Ullman Show, American Bandstand, Midnight Special and Merv Griffin. He scored and performed the music for a number of movies, and sang the lead and played sax on two songs in "Sweet Bird Of Youth", starring Elizabeth Taylor and Mark Harmon. To see Dennis music history click here.
for Concerts & Events
Contemporary Christian Concerts
Spiritual Concerts with a Contemplative Feel
Casual Music for Church Events
Music for Services
Christian Speeches with Music
"I really liked the way Dennis incorporated humor and a deep spirit of prayer in his concert... Dennis can switch from upbeat humor to meditative practices and it keeps our attention rather then distracting from the reverence of the occasion Thanks Dennis for an inspiring and memorable concert. Your music is beautiful."
- Dorian Steinbrecher, Portland, OR
"You have to listen to Dennis play the saxophone!!" Joshua Cordova, music director, Portland, OR
"Great performance. I'm your biggest fan!" Rich Peterson, music director, Aloha Christian Life Center, Beaverton, OR
"If there is a better sax player in the world, I haven't heard him." Carter Knox, entertainment director, Fred Meyer Corporation (the #1 retail music outlet on the west coast)
"Thank you, thank you, thank you, brother! You have such a love for the Lord and it really shows in your playing. Just to hear you play is such a huge blessing! Your instrument added SO MUCH to the worship! May the Lord bless you for your servant's heart and your willingness to serve him." Mary Hansz, event music director, New Hope Community Church, Portland, Oregon
To see more reviews and quotes click here and go to review links.
Some Reviews for
The Spirit of Christmas CD:
"Dennis' Christmas CD is magnificent. I can't tell you how much I love it. I got it an hour ago and have listened to it twice... The best Christmas CD I've ever heard."
Lynn Hoffman, Fiat Voluntas Tua, 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 Reynoso, Modesto, CA
Some CD reviews for "New Beginning"
When it comes to soul, Dennis Marcellino redefines the term. His remarkable tone and feel are full of passion and soulful expression... because he is a soul completely given to Jesus."
Bob Carlisle, Grammy & Dove Award, writer and singer of "Butterfly Kisses"
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. His purpose in recording New Beginning was to "Thank God for showing me the extreme beauty and practicality of His Kingdom and then hanging in there with me as He provides a path towards perfection for me to be reeled in on." 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, event planner, 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
"I just love this CD!!! It makes me feel like I'm in heaven listening with God's angels. It should be on top of the Christian charts!"
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.
Pastor is Dr. Richard Lee, of the "There's Hope" TV Ministry