A native of Philadelphia, Joseph P. D’Alicandro, Jr. received the Bachelor of Music Education and Masters of Music Education degrees from Temple University. Mr. D’Alicandro also has a Degree in Elementary Education from Holy Family College. Mr. D’Alicandro graduated Temple University with the academic distinction of “Cum Laude”.
Mr. D’Alicandro works currently in the Pennsbury School District, Yardley, Pennsylvania as band director at the William Penn Middle School and Percussion Instructor of the Pennsbury School District. Mr. D’Alicandro was the percussion writer and instructor of the Pennsbury High School Marching Band in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania. During his 14 years with the Pennsbury High School Marching band the band has performed in China, France, California, and won numerous awards.
As a band director Mr. D’Alicandro has been selected to the “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” in 2002, 2004 and in 2006. Nomination for this award is because Mr. D’Alicandro “made a difference” in the life of one of his former students. Only 5% of the nation’s teachers are honored once but less than 2% are honored more than once. In Addition Mr. D’Alicandro was also nominated in 2004 for the “Disney Hand Teacher Award” which honors creativity in teaching. Mr. D’Alicandro was also recognized by the Philadelphia Inquirer as an Exemplary Teacher.
Mr. D’Alicandro is in demand as a clinician, private instructor, and performer in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey-Delaware area and is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, and Percussive Arts Society. As a performer Mr. D’Alicandro has performed with many community theatres as well as big bands. Mr. D’Alicandro was the featured xylophone soloist for the Tri-County County Concert Band performing “Nola” as well as”Fluffy Ruffles” and “Flight of the Bumblebee”. In addition Mr. D’Alicandro is the Principal Percussionist for the A Sharp Orchestra.
Mr. D’Alicandro has Co-Authored a percussion ensemble book with Dr. Quincy Hilliard entitled “Percussion Time”. The book enhances student’s experiences with supplementary opportunities to develop techniques that are specific to percussion instruments and to learn more about musical style. The 14 pieces are appropriate for ensemble or festival performance and as a feature on a band concert. Dr. Hilliard and Mr. D’Alicandro have collaborated on a band arrangement entitled “Sakura” which features percussion ensemble with concert band through Barnhouse productions.
Recently Mr. D’Alicandro has written an article entitled “Daily Rudiments” in the May 2006 issue of the Instrumentalist magazine. He has also written an article entitled “Creating a Middle School Timpanist” in the December 2006 issue of the Instrumentalist magazine, and “Four Mallet Mastery” in the April 2007 issue. In the November 2008 issue of the Instrumentalist magazine Mr. D’Alicandro has written an article entitled “Conga Basics. In addition he has Co-Written two band selections entitled “Cha Cha Ching” and “With Pride and Dignity” with Mr. William Owens through TRN music.
Mr. D’Alicandro currently resides and teaches in Bucks County Pennsylvania with his wife Dawn.