From left are Jim Miller, member of IUP Council of Trustees; Kevin Eisensmith ’78, trumpet professor in the music department; Dana DiCicco Piccolini '81, daughter of Daniel DiCicco, and her husband, Tony Piccolini '80; Jack Stamp, and Michael Driscoll, IUP president. The photo below, taken in 2005, shows DiCicco on the right with his long-time colleague, retired Tuba professor Gary Bird.
A gift from IUP’s current director of bands honors and memorializes a previous one.
Jack Stamp, a member of IUP’s Class of 1976 and current director of band studies at IUP, recently made a gift to a fund established in memory of the late Daniel DiCicco, a member of Class of 1954. The gift has been added to others made in DiCicco’s memory by family, friends, and former students, enabling the IUP Council of Trustees to pass a resolution at the September 18 meeting that names a large performance area in IUP’s music facility the Daniel DiCicco Hall.
Stamp and DiCicco—known as “Doc” to his students—both made their way back to IUP after earning graduate degrees to serve on the Music Department faculty, and both earned IUP’s Distinguished Alumni Award during their careers.
Stamp, a noted composer of band music who for many years served as music department chair, made his gift to DiCicco’s fund in memory of his parents, John and Doris Stamp, and grandfather, William H. Dalkin Sr.
DiCicco, who retired in 1989, died in 2009.
Stamp’s gift will be used to annually bring guests artists to campus to work with students.
“Dan DiCicco influenced generations of musicians who came through this campus, including me,” Stamp said. “I feel it’s important to pay my respects to ‘Doc’ by creating educational opportunities for future music students.”