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  • James Ancona, Assistant Professor

    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 Stevens.

     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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  • Department of Music
  • Amy E. du Pont Music Building
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2578