Dean for College of Performing Arts

Marc Dicciani is Dean of the College of Performing Arts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, past Director of the School of Music at UArts, 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.

Marc has made concert appearances performing 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, Lew Soloff, Clark Terry, John Fedchock, Al Vizzutti, Diane Schuur, Christian McBride, John Blake, John Swana, Charles Fambrough, Steve Slagle, Jeff Jarvis, Tom Kennedy, Al Chez, Peter Nero and Jimmy Smith.
  • singers and entertainers Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Ben Vereen, Tom Jones, Lou Rawls, Mel Tormé, Dionne Warwick, and Natalie Cole. 
  • R&B groups the Spinners and the Stylistics. 
  • orchestras including the Boston Pops; the National Symphony Orchestra; the Symphony Orchestras of Dallas, New Orleans, San Diego, Long Beach, Honolulu, Edmonton, Jacksonville, Nashville, Hartford, Missouri, Stockton, North Carolina; and Buffalo Philharmonic, Gulf Coast Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra.

He’s also performed on many TV shows in Los Angeles for NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox networks; on TV, 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. Marc spent many years touring internationally as drummer/musical director with entertainer Ben Vereen, with whom he still tours and performs.

He has lectured, conducted clinics and performed at countless colleges, including University of Southern California; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Villanova; Cal State Long Beach; Louisiana State University; East Carolina University; Appalachian State University; Duquesne; University of Delaware; University of Maine; Kent State; Santa Monica College; Temple; American University; the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts; Pro Jazz, Santiago, Chile; Prince Claus Conservatoire, Netherlands; Tamagawa University, Japan; Samick Arts Center and Raum Arts, South Korea; School of the Arts, Singapore; and at conferences for the Percussive Arts Society (PASIC), International Association of Jazz Educators, Jazz Education Network, College Music Society, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, New Jersey Music Educators, New Jersey Association of Jazz Educators and at Philadelphia Grammy in the Schools events.

Marc is a frequent adjudicator and clinician at conventions and jazz festivals around the country, and is a member of Modern Drummer Magazine’s Education Team. He also teaches the nation’s only graduate drumset course for music educators at Villanova University or Ursinus College 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.

At UArts, Marc teaches drumset, hand percussion and courses in music business to undergraduate and graduate students. He also directs an alternative bucket-drum ensemble called Rumble and a salsa ensemble.

He has been with the Grammy organization (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) for more than 25 years as a board member, a chapter president, and a member of the National Board of Trustees.

Marc is a drumset artist/clinician for Yamaha Drums, Vic Firth Drum Sticks, Remo Drum Heads, Zildjian Cymbals, Latin Percussion, MONO Cases and Music Molds. Additionally, he writes regularly for Modern Drummer Magazine, Drum Club Magazine, Planet Drum webzine, and In-Concert Magazine.