Director of Percussion Studies
Mr. DeLuca is thrilled to take the helm of Director of Percussion Studies. In addition to private teaching responsibilities, Mr. DeLuca directs the Front Ensemble, BLUE, GOLD, and 8th Grade Enrichment Ensembles as well as conducting the Senior High Concert Ensemble. He is also the Director of Logistics in which he oversees the organization and maintenance of the entire fleet of instruments and equipment as well as truck/traveling logistics. In addition to his percussion duties, he also oversees the design and maintenance of the percussion website, social media, and all informational databases.
Mr. DeLuca and the Mt. Lebanon Percussion Program was awarded the 2016 Scott E. Folmer Memorial Exemplary Practice/Partnership Award by the Local Task Force for the Right to Education in Allegheny County. He was recognized his work with aiding in the percussion and marching program being fully inclusive for a student with special needs.
Mr. DeLuca is a prolific arranger/composer for percussion and other ensembles. Yearly he creates over 15 pieces for ensembles all throughout our program to perform. Whether it is full pit arrangements for bands, cymbal books for Indiana University of Pennsylvania, or wind band pieces, composing is one of his major passions. Every season, Mr. DeLuca arranges the entire warm-up book for the front ensemble as well as all band songs and the marching percussion feature, personalizing the parts to each individual students strengths. While at IUP, he created and implemented his own cymbal technique that is used widely around Western Pennsylvania and Ohio.
In addition to teaching at Mt. Lebanon, Mr. DeLuca had a very successful stint at Gateway High School in Monroeville Pennsylvania as one of the directors of the award winning Indoor Percussion program. Under his direction as one of the show designers and instructors, he helped Gateway become the TRWEA Champion 5 years (2005-2009) straight.
Mr. DeLuca is an Alumni of Mt. Lebanon High School, graduating in 2004. He graduated in 2010 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors of Science in Music Education with a focus in Percussion and Educational Psychology.