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JACK STAMP (b. 1954)
Stamp is Professor of Music and Conductor of Bands at
Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, Symphony
Band, and teaches courses in undergraduate and graduate conducting. Dr. Stamp
received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree from IUP, a Master's
in Percussion Performance from East Carolina University, and a Doctor of Musical
Arts Degree in Conducting from Michigan State University where he studied with
Prior to his appointment at IUP, he served as chairman of the Division of Fine
Arts at Campbell University in North Carolina. He also taught for several years
in the public schools of North Carolina. In addition to these posts, Dr. Stamp
served as conductor of the Duke University Wind Symphony (1988-89) and was
musical director of the Triangle British Brass Band, leading them to a national
brass band championship in 1989.
Dr. Stamp's primary composition teachers have been Robert Washburn and Fisher
Tull, though he was strongly influenced by his music theory teachers at Indiana
University of Pennsylvania and East Carolina. Recent studies include work with
noted American composers David Diamond, Joan Tower and Richard Danielpour.
He is active as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and composer
throughout North America and Great Britain. His compositions have been
commissioned and performed by leading military and university bands across the
United States. He has won the praise of American composers David Diamond, Norman
Dello Joio, Samuel Adler, Robert Ward, Robert Washburn, Fisher Tull, Nancy
Galbraith and Bruce Yurko for performances of their works. He is also a
contributing author to the "Teaching Music Through Performance in
Band" series released by GIA Publications.
In 1996, he received the Orpheus Award from the Zeta Tau Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha
for service to music and was named a "Distinguished Alumnus" of
Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 1999, he received the "Citation of
Excellence" from the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. In 2000, he
was inducted into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.
Two CD recordings on the Citadel label entitled "Past the Equinox: The
Music of Jack Stamp" and "Cloudsplitter" by the Keystone Wind
Ensemble with the composer conducting feature his band works. He is founder and
conductor of this ensemble, and also leads them on the Citadel releases,
"Night Fantasy: The Wind Music of Robert Ward", "Divertimento:
Wind Music by American Composers", "Celebrations", "Wind
Visions: The Music of Samuel Adler", "Songs of Abelard",
"Pageant", and "Cornerstones".