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Ron Steffanina ’76 Welcomes More IUP Musicians to Join San Rocco Festa

IUP alumni at 2017 San Rocco Festa

Front row, from left: Dave DiPetro, Joe Sullivan, Jim Rizzo, Ron Romeo, and Russ “Norm” Couch. Back row: Mike Poff Jr., Mike Poff Sr., and Ron Steffanina.

Music is essential to the San Rocco Festa, an annual heritage and cultural festival in Aliquippa that traces its roots to the mountaintop village of Patricia, Italy. The festival also has a long tradition of including former IUP musicians in the entertainment. Joe Sullivan ’63 and Ron Romeo ’65 began playing with the San Rocco Festa Band in the mid-1950s. Also participating in August 2017, during the 92nd weekend celebration of Mass, ethnic food, heritage, and community band performances, were Mike Poff Sr. ’67, M’72, Jim Rizzo ’72, Dave DiPetro ’74, Ron Steffanina ’76, Russ “Norm” Couch ’90, and Mike Poff Jr. ’97. Ron Steffanina welcomes more IUP musicians to join in the tradition. Anyone interested should send e-mail to sanroccofestaband@gmail.com.