James Ancona, Assistant Professor
Assistant Director, Marching Band
Director, Pep Band and Co-Director Symphonic Band
University of Delaware
30 W. Delaware Ave., Room 202
Newark, DE 19716
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
Mr. Ancona has more than 20 years of experience as an
arranger and instructor for world-class drum and bugle corps including
The Cavaliers, Star of Indiana, Santa Clara Vanguard, the Glassmen, the
Crossmen and Carolina Crown. Currently, Mr. Ancona is a consultant for
The Cadets, a ten-time Drum Corps International (DCI) world champion.
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. His Vanguard Percussion
Ensembles and Mixed Ensembles with brass have won at the DCI Individual
and Ensemble Championships.
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 Blast. He also has
several arrangements published by Tapspace Publications. Mr. Ancona is
the co-author of the popular front ensemble text, Up Front: A Complete Resource for Today's Pit Ensemble and author of Up Front Etudes.
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.
Mr. Ancona currently resides in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
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