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12-29-2003In memory of Dr. Anthony J. Biancosino

Dr. Anthony Biancosino, one of the original inspirations for John Popper and Brendan Hill during their days at Princeton High School, passed away at the age of 57 this past Saturday, December 27th, after a two-year battle with cancer. "Dr. B", as he was affectionately known to his students, served with the Princeton High School music department for 26 years and led the Studio Band, Jazz Band and also worked with the Princeton University Wind Ensemble as well as the University of Arts orchestra in Philadelphia. He led them to many honors, including a standing ovation at the 1996 Toronto International Music Festival, the first that any band had received in nearly 50 years, according to the Princeton High School Tower. The Studio Band also holds the distinction of being the only school band to perform at two presidential inaugural balls. Biancosino was teaching music when Popper and Hill joined his class in the early 80's and encouraged them to pursue their musical dreams. The band has long given credit to Dr. B for urging them on from the very beginning. John and Brendan even returned to Princeton in 1995 with a copy of the gold record for four to give to his high school mentor. Dr. Biancosino is survived by his wife, six children, three stepchildren, two grandchildren and a brother. The family requests donations in his name be made to the Church of St. Paul, 214 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ 08542; our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.