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University of Delaware30 W. Delaware Ave., Room 202Newark, DE 19716<div class="ExternalClass19B686B3585741129E5B94B99D44007C"><p>James Ancona is an assistant professor of music at the University of Delaware. He is the assistant director of the Fightin' Blue Hen Marching Band, director of the Basketball Pep Band and co-director of the Symphonic Band. Mr. Ancona received his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and his Master of Music in Performance from Indiana University, where he was awarded the prestigious Performer's Certificate. His former teachers include Gerald Carlyss, Thomas Hannum, William Roberts, Peter Tanner and Leigh Howard Stevens. </p><p>Mr. Ancona has more than 30 years of experience as an composer and instructor for world-class drum and bugle corps including The Cavaliers, Star of Indiana, The Cadets, and Santa Clara Vanguard. Currently, Mr. Ancona is the front ensemble composer/arranger for Carolina Crown. His honors in the activity include having been a member of the 1990 DCI World Champion Cadets of Bergen County, having been on the instructional staff of Star of Indiana's (1993) and Santa Clara Vanguard's (2004) world champion percussion sections and having served as the percussion caption head for the 2006 DCI World Champion Cavaliers and a consultant for the 2011 DCI World Champion Cadets. His Vanguard Percussion Ensembles and Mixed Ensembles have won at the DCI Individual and Ensemble Championships. </p><p>Several of Mr. Ancona's percussion arrangements appear on CDs by Star of Indiana's Brass Theater and the Tony and Emmy award-winning Broadway show<em> Blast</em>. He also has several arrangements published by Tapspace Publications. Mr. Ancona is the co-author of the popular front ensemble text, <em>Up Front: A Complete Resource for Today's Pit Ensemble </em>and author of <em>Up Front Etudes</em>. He is an endorser and clinician for the Avedis Zildjian Company, Remo, Pearl drums and Adams Percussion, and a signature artist for Innovative Percussion, Inc. Mr. Ancona has presented educational and performance clinics around the world. </p><p>Mr. Ancona currently resides in West Chester, Pennsylvania. <br></p><p></p></div><div class="ExternalClass1C1B159556DA443D8564A7468F5F61F7"><p><br></p></div><p>​</p>jancona@udel.eduAncona, James<img alt="" src="/Images%20Bios/ancona.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Assistant ProfessorAssistant Director, Marching BandDirector, Pep Band and Co-Director Symphonic Bandhttp://jimancona.com/

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