Event Reviews:

"If anyone is considering Dennis for an event, YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED by booking him. I heartily recommend him as an energetic and experienced presenter for conferences, conventions or any other event where you will get information, education, and entertainment all in one. Dennis will personalize his program to your needs. What more could you ask for in a speaker."
Sincerely, John (Tony) Honeycutt, 
Executive Director, Piedmont Rescue Mission, Burlington, North Carolina, 10/16/14

"Dennis Marcellino's performance was fantastic! He engaged the audience in the opening seconds and kept their attention throughout the session. Dennis is a talented storyteller and musician, and he wove these two talents together beautifully and in a unique style. I am exceedingly happy with his presentation, and will invite him to speak at future events and recommend him to others."
Wendi Watson, Director of Marketing & Events, Restore America

"Dennis Marcellino is uniquely gifted and extremely creative in communicating the principles of the Kingdom of God. Dennis is extremely talented. I highly recommend Dennis Marcellino."
Dale Ebel, Senior Pastor, Rolling Hills Community Church

Headlines! September 14th!
Dennis Marcellino appeared at our church. He wowed his audience with some wonderful music, but even more importantly bowled them over with his grasp of the unseen hand of God moving through our scientific discoveries.
Terry Hughes, Church Event Coordinator

I, personally, found your presentations exactly what I had hoped for. I am always delighted with working with 'artists'. You guys see reality from a wonderfully different vantage point. I am always refreshed and enriched by such things as you presented. I feel there was so much content that it would have made a nice two-credit course in the catalogue.
Rev. Ed Windhaus, Event Coordinator, Swarthmore College

Dennis’ “life story would make a good movie.”
Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges Bi-Co News (Re: Dennis’ speech at Haverford)

Dennis Marcellino is a superb presenter! He recently gave a program at our organization titled "Ten conclusive proofs that God exists." He articulated his arguments skillfully and convincingly, coupled with illustrations from his personal life's journey. His powerpoint graphics were well crafted and at a subsequent gathering he demonstrated his enormous musical talent on the saxophone. I would highly recommend Dennis to those desiring a stimulating
and entertaining program.
Dr. Keith Swenson, President, Design Science Association Professor of Biology, Multnomah Bible College

"Dennis Marcellino is the most engaging speaker I have ever heard. He has this gentleness that is SO Powerful.  When he speaks and performs music, the world goes completely away.  When he ends his speeches, it's as though I (and others, I'm sure) have to re-group and realize I'm back on the earth!  Wow!"
Diane Perkins, New York, New York

Dennis Marcellino's engaging subject is delivered with a disarming, "everyman" feeling. Sometimes drawing from his extensive background in the performance music business, he has volumes to share, about the joys (and misadventures) on his road to salvation, and a solid foundation. Also, his sax performance is simply excellent--upon hearing, one can understand why Dennis has had so much professional work in this field!
Kevin Hogan, Videographer for the Design Science Association

"Dennis Marcellino is a man of many talents and interests. His hour-long program was well-received by the audience. He deeply cares about the negative experiences people are going through in our world today, and his mission is to show that these sufferings are unnecessary and that a great solution exists." – Bill Bennett, (review in) The Capitol Voice

"You speak in a way that people can understand... bridging the gap between religion and everyday life." – Jeff Cavins, Relevant Radio

"I have REALLY enjoyed this interview. Dennis, I want to say that how you speak and how you define your concept and your understanding of creation and Why We're Here... it's just incredible! I love listening to you." – Diane, Northville, MI

"The Lion Sleeps Tonight really got people geared up – hands, bodies, fingers, feet moving to the music. Dennis was gracious in consenting to an encore at the end. Dennis's message comes from a unique perspective. Thought provoking and well accepted." – Larry Everson, Program Co-ordinator, Bonneville Power Administration (a federal agency)

"Dennis did a great job yesterday. He was so nice to listen to."
– Carol Olson, Salt Lake City
(This speech was simulcast to Utah and Washington)

"I liked Dennis' speech because he outlined what could be so many peoples' story. He exemplifies the searching that so many people go through." – Susan Sanders, Ceres, California

"It's amazing what Dennis does with an audience!" – Norm Myrh, Sr. Vice President (Head Of Advertising), Fred Meyer Corporation

"I only heard positive comments from those who attended. Everyone is excited about doing something else with you!" – Daryl Dixon, Pastor, Sycamore Ministries, Milwaukie, OR

"Thanks Dennis for an inspiring and memorable concert. Your music is beautiful." – Dorian Steinbrecher, Portland, Oregon

"You have to listen to Dennis play the saxophone!!"
– Joshua Cordova, Music Minister, Albuquerque, New Mexico

"Great performance. I'm your biggest fan!"
– Rich Peterson, Music Minister & Play Director, 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)

"He's very talented! Thank you, Dennis!"
– Chris Wojnar, Youth Minister & Festival Director, Portland, OR

For information on how to book Dennis for an event click here

Music Reviews:


"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/singer of "Butterfly Kisses"

The "The New Beginning video Den, I love it. It is a beautiful song. I felt that while listening I could feel the Lord coming through you. Your horn sounds beautiful and all the music you have done is very impressive."
Jerry Martini, co-founder and Rock n’ Roll Hall Of Fame member of Sly & The Family Stone

"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, http://www.Jazz-O-Matic.com, 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. 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, Fiat Voluntas Tua, Tracy, CA

"I play this CD often, and have suggested it to a number of people."
Julian Harper, EWTN

"(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 mp3.com in its genre.

"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 Arranger, First Redeemer Church, Alpharetta Ga.
Pastor is Dr. Richard Lee, of the "There's Hope" TV Ministry

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"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 reeds...in 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, Mp3.com

"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

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"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, owner of 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 Reynosa, Modesto, CA

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

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"The greatest saxophonist on the planet!"
"Spotlight" review,Vision Music, top internet music website

"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

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Books Reviews:


"This is a very important book that is greatly needed at this time. I agree that the Bible should be the ultimate resource for life and living and that the world could greatly benefit from being logically and scientifically shown that this is true."
Mark Victor Hansen, Co-author, New York Times #1 Best-Selling "Chicken Soup For The Soul" series

A Book for Everyone, October 13, 2004
"Why are We Here?" is a book for everyone. Have you ever wondered what Christians actually believe? Now, you can find out without having to ask anyone. Dennis Marcellino has written a well organized account of why we are here. Marcellino, who has a wide range of education, has written an organized account with out being overly scientific or overly pushy with his personal beliefs. Interestingly enough, it is his musical abilities that you would most likely know him for, having belonged to the Tokens who had the hit, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." I highly recommend "WHY WE ARE HERE?" to Christians and "Non-Christians" alike will gain information here. Christians will have an organized account of what they believe and why. Others will have an account of what Christians believe and why.
Deven Vasko of Betsie's Literary Page @ http://betsie.tripod.com/literary/

"Dennis Marcellino is clearly an authority on the scientific evidence that proves that God exists... a prerequisite to knowing WHY WE ARE HERE! And unlike others who give proofs, which are often difficult-to-grasp, micro-science proofs, his are simple and easy to understand. (Not having this information is like) getting on a horse and riding in all directions. If you want to settle the questions that when answered will bring true peace of mind and abundance, then I highly recommend you tune out the rest of the world and tune into what this fascinating expert has to share. "
- Randy Gilbert, Bestselling author of "Success Bound"

"Why Are We Here? is the scientific answer to an age-old question and readers don't need to be a scientist or philosopher to understand. It was written with the intent of investigating what could be scientifically concluded about theology and its related fields. Why Are We Here? is engaging reading and a highly recommended addition to any philosophy and theological reading list surveying the general questions related to the meaning of life."
James A. Cox, Internet Bookwatch

"Dennis Marcellino has the answer. Actually, with an education that ranges from science and engineering to theology and psychology, Marcellino has many answers. But in his new book, Why Are We Here?, he chooses to answer the one question that has puzzled intellectuals for centuries."
Laura Gunderson, Clackamas Review

"You get an awful lot of research, thought, work and wisdom condensed into this one book. It's not a sloppy nor sentimental work but a rigorous and joyous proof... All this for $14.50...that's hard to beat!"
Dave Kirby, Book Bit, WTBF-FM, Troy, Alabama

"I highly recommend Why Are We Here? as a must book for anyone's library."
Tony Trupiano, Talk Show Host, Talk America Radio Network

"Why Are We Here? was a fun book and very easy to read.
It was very enjoyable and a great read for me."
Nancy London, host/producer,
WXCI-FM, Western Connecticut State University
(Also her co-host, Steve, said it was "very enlightening".)

"Dennis Marcellino is such a prolific writer and thinker."
Susan Filkins, Rose Sparrows Literary Agency, New York

"A wonderful book! The author marries his science/engineering background with his cultural/musician experiences. This book is an A to Z about life....a sequential journey starting with the origins issue, all the way through to the end of life and beyond. You should buy 10 copies and give them to your family, friends, people in your church and co-workers!"
Steve Carr, Talk Show Host for "Destiny", WYLL, Chicago

"This book really does answer the question 'What is the meaning of life?' in a very logically satisfying and inspiring way. And it is also filled with fresh, insightful reflections on all aspects of life that uplift and enlighten the reader... Why Are We Here? gives an excellent overview of life while scientifically determining what is true and what isn't true among the doctrinal differences between the Christian denominations, world religions, psychology approaches, new age and secular philosophies. He has done a fantastic job in putting together this extremely valuable book. Obviously I highly, highly recommend it!"
Mark Stefani, Vision Reviews

"In using science to explore what is usually an emotionally charged subject, Marcellino provides a strong fact-based philosophical approach which is compelling."
Diane Donovan, The Philosopher's Bookshelf, The Midwest Book Review

"Why Are We Here?
answered all my questions, and is written in a very informative, "down to earth," manner. It is wonderful! It is one of the most helpful books I've ever read. I Love It!
Ann, Ohio

"Dennis has a very interesting...a VERY interesting story to tell!"
Joe Galuski, WSYR, Syracuse, NY

"The greatest book ever! If people would just read it and really look at what it's saying! He explains it scientifically, and there's no way that anybody can dispute it. He's a genius."
Jerry, Vancouver, WA

"Why Are We Here? should be rated one of the best in Apologetics.
I could hardly put it down."
Nate Camacho, seminarian at Calvary Chapel School of Ministry

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A book that defines a "drug" as anything that we use to avoid
who we REALLY are .

"A carefully reasoned argument against drug use that goes further than telling people to "just say no"--it offers real help for people who want to break free of the bondage of drugs. The book gives vivid insight into the realities of the drug culture that most of us never see."
Dr. John MacArthur Jr., author, radio minister, and
Pastor, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, CA

"...frank and friendly...sincere and optimistic...not only concerned with ridding
people's lives of drugs, but also with leading them to a higher state of being and
greater fulfillment as individuals...a sympathetic voice which will affect readers
for the better...This book is personal rather than systematically therapeutic or a
'pop' treatment of a current social concern...touches upon the important factors
of human life---the self, environment, relationships, mates, and others."
Corinne Perry Buck, The Small Press Book Review ('feature' review)

"I highly recommend the reading of this book as an understanding guide for all of the 12 step recovery programs. It gave me greater insight into my need for continuous spiritual development in order to maintain quality sobriety and peace of mind."
Gloria Montgomery, Chairperson of ALL/ANON GROUP. Founder of RECOVERY SYSTEMS. Founded many alcohol & chemical dependency rehab centers & hospital clinics in U.S. & Canada. CEDARS SINAI Alcoholism Counselor. 29 years clean & sober. Personal counselor to Shelley Winters, highly mentioned in her book.

"This book is absolutely --WONDERFUL! I could not put it down until I had read all of it. It is one of the most fascinating books I have read in years. One thing is certain ... Dennis Marcellino is a very talented and creative writer. SWEEPING IT UNDER THE DRUG possesses huge market potential. It has all the ingredients of a best seller. In my opinion it has success written all over it."
Robert Tyre, Editor, Eclectic Press, Atlanta, Georgia

"Very powerful material. An amazing piece of work by an amazing man."
Scott Fagan, Head of the recovery unit at Brotman Hospital (one of Los Angeles' largest).. Founder and Chairman of BIZRAP (entertainment industry Recovery Assistance Program). UCLA graduate (Drug Rehabilitation Clinic Design), Active leader in AA and CA (Cocaine Anon.)

"...a catalyst to turn around the lives of those currently in the grip of drug addiction. It is the dedication of people like the author that gives all of us hope for the future."
G. Albert Howenstein, Jr., Exec. Dir., Office Of Criminal Justice Planning, CA Governor's office

"I wanted to write and thank you for your book. I work in the prison library so as soon as I finished reading your book I placed it in the library. It has been very popular with the inmates. It is really a good book on substance abuse."
Benjamin, Seagoville, Texas

"This book not only includes what the 12 step program has to offer, but it takes
up where the 12 step program leaves off. It has been a great help to me."
Mike Pinera, Former lead singer, guitarist and writer for "Blues Image",
"Iron Butterfly" & "Alice Cooper", also very active in AA and CA.

"I read your book and was very inspired to clean up my act. I'd like to order another copy for myself and one to pass on."
Theresa, Escondido, CA

"Just finished reading Sweeping It Under the Drug and wanted you to know how much it helped me. Thank you. May God bless you greatly."
Mary A., March 16, 2003

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