Daniel DiCicco, right, with Gary Bird, retired IUP tuba professor, in 2005 (Photo by David Surtasky ’89)
In September, the Large Instrumental Rehearsal Hall in Cogswell Hall was named in honor of the late Daniel DiCicco ’54, a member of the IUP music faculty for 33 years. As director of bands, DiCicco directed the Symphonic Band, the Mellowmen, and the Marching Band; he also founded the Wind Ensemble and began the annual IUP Honors Band program. DiCicco received the IUP Distinguished Alumni Award for Service in 2003 and the Distinguished Faculty Award for Community Service in 1986. He died in 2009, 20 years after his IUP retirement.
Gifts from numerous friends, family members, former students, and colleagues, including a capstone gift from Jack Stamp ’76, the current director of bands, led to the naming of the hall. DiCicco’s daughter, Dana DiCicco Piccolini ’81, and her husband, Tony Piccolini ’80, were present as the IUP Council of Trustees approved the naming.