Marc Dicciani

University of The Arts, Ben Vereen

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Marc is the Dean of the College of Performing Arts at The University Of The Arts in Philadelphia and a Professor of Drumset and Music Business. He is also a very busy professional drummer and clinician with dozens of international concert dates and clinics throughout the year.

He has made concert appearances with a wide variety of artists, including jazz musicians Randy Brecker, Joey DeFrancesco, Jon Faddis, Robin Eubanks, Gerald Veasley, Pat Martino, Stanley Clarke, Phil Woods, Joe Beck, Lew Soloff, Clark Terry, John Fedchock, Al Vizzutti, Diane Schuur, Christian McBride, John Blake, Charles Fambrough, John Swana, Steve Slagle, Grover Washington, Jr., Jeff Jarvis, Tom Kennedy, Peter Nero, and Jimmy Smith; singers/entertainers Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Ben Vereen, Tom Jones, Lou Rawls, Mel Torme, Dionne Warwick, and Natalie Cole; pop artists Boyz II Men, the Spinners, the Stylistics, Paul Shaffer, and Joan Jett; orchestras including the Boston Pops, the National Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, New Orleans Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony, Honolulu Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Gulf Coast Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He's performed on many television shows in Los Angeles for NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox Networks, and on television, film, and jingle recording sessions in ensembles with Doc Severinsen, Snooky Young, Pete Christlieb, Ron Carter, James Moody, Ernie Watts, Stevie Wonder, Ray Parker, Jr., and Lee Ritenour, and recorded for Concord Records with guitarist Jimmy Bruno. He spent many years touring internationally as drummer and musical director with entertainer Ben Vereen, with whom he continues to tour and perform internationally.

Marc has lectured, conducted clinics, and performed at countless colleges including the University of Southern California, Univ. of Nevada Las Vegas, Villanova Univ., Cal State Long Beach, LSU, East Carolina Univ., Applachian State Univ., Duquense Univ., Univ. of Delaware, Univ. of Maine, Kent State Univ., Santa Monica College, Temple Univ., American Univ., the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts, Pro Jazz (Santiago, Chile), Tamagawa University (Tokyo, Japan), Prince Claus Conservatoire (The Netherlands), School of the Arts (Singapore), Samick Arts Center and Raum Arts (South Korea), and at conferences for the Jazz Education Network, International Association of Jazz Educators, College Music Society, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, New Jersey Music Educators, New Jersey Association of Jazz Educators, and at the Philadelphia Grammy in the Schools events. He is a frequent adjudicator, and clinician at conventions and jazz festivals around the country, and was recently named to Modern Drummer Magazine's Education Team. He also teaches the nation’s only graduate drumset course for music educators at Villanova University each summer. He has been the Musical Director/Conductor for countless awards shows in Philadelphia, and played drums for two telecasts of the Golden Globe Awards in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. He joined the faculty and taught and performed at the KoSA International Drum and Percussion Camp and Festival in summer 2008, and recently completed his fifth instructional drum book on Contemporary Latin Drumming Styles. 

At UArts, in addition to his work as the Dean of the College, Marc teaches drumset, percussion, and courses in music business to undergraduate and graduate students, directs an alternative percussion bucket drum ensemble, called Rumble, and a Salsa Ensemble, and produces the annual high school and college jazz festivals.

Marc has been with the Grammy organization (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) for more than 25 years, as Philadelphia Board Member, Philadelphia Chapter President, and member of the National Board of Trustees. 

Marc is an drumset artist/clinician for Yamaha Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Drum Sticks, Remo Drum Heads, Latin Percussion, MONO Cases, Music Molds, and writes for Modern Drummer Magazine, Drum Club Magazine, Planet Drum Webzine, Percussive Arts Society (PAS), and In-Concert magazines.