Bocato started his studies in the band of Municipal School Baeta Neves at the age of 7. He studied at Fundação das Artes de São Caetano, at Instituto de Música do Planalto and at the Unesp College, where he studied composition and conducting.
At the end of the seventies, he played with Arrigo Barnabé and Itamar Assunção at the Culture University Festival, where Arrigo Barnabé was the winner with the music Diversões Eletrônicas. In 1980, he played and recorded with Elis Regina at the show Saudades do Brasil. After that record, his career as an instrumentalist significantly intensified, having played with Rita Lee, Ney Matogrosso, Roberto Carlos, and others.
In 1982, he founded the Metalurgia Band, which recorded a record that was considered the best instrumental of the year. In 1985, he launched his first solo LP. Nowadays, his discography has the following records: Lixo Atômico, Sonho de um Anarquista, Concerto para Trombone Quebrado, Abruxa-te, Aqui Jazz Brasil, Ladrão de Trombone, and the CDs Bem Dito, Samba de Zambas and Acid Samba (the latter two of them made in Switzerland). He also recorded the CD Tributo a Pixinguinha in 1997, with which he traveled in a tour all over Europe celebrating the 100 years of Pixinguinha. In 2004, he launched Cacique Cantareira and Antologia da Canção Brasileira vol. 1, with Léa Freire, by the Maritaca label.
Bocato also participated in several recordings of artists such as Ná Ozzetti, Zé Miguel Wisnick, Gal Costa, Edson Cordeiro, Zéca Baleiro, Chico César, Celso Viáfora, Carlinhos Brown, Nação Zumbi, Fala Mansa, Pavilhão 9 and Art Popular, among others.
In 1998, he took another tour in Europe with his Banda and participated in the Sharp Award as the Best Adapter due to his CD Tributo a Pixinguinha. In 1999, living in Europe, he attended the Montreaux Festival, playing the musics of his CD Acid Samba in Switzerland. In 2003, he attended the Moscow Festival with his band and accompanying Leny de Andrade and João Donato. Nowadays, he participates in the Faustão TV Show band, at Globo TV Network, and holds shows throughout Brazil of his CD Antologia da Canção Brasileira vol. 1. The second volume launch is scheduled for the second semester of 2005.