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Scarnati, Blase (1935-2007)



  • Existence: 1935 - 2007


Blase Scarnati (1935 – 2007) began his career at Slippery Rock State College in 1964. Scarnati conducted the Marching Band through the 1988-1989 school year and continued teaching at Slippery Rock University until his retirement in May 1996. During his tenure at Slippery Rock, Scarnati also served as musical director for sixteen musicals. He received the President’s Award for Outstanding Service to Slippery Rock University in 1982, and was selected by Phi Beta Mu, the national honorary band fraternity, as the Outstanding Bandmaster in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in May 1988. After presiding as the grand marshal for SRU’s 2002 homecoming, the band rehearsal field was named the “Blase S. Scarnati Marching Band Field” in his honor. In honor of his years enriching the music community and SRU, Scarnati received the first SRU President’s Signature Circle Award in 2005.

Scarnati founded the Musician’s Concert Band (MCB) in 1986 with Michael Formeck. Members of the MCB included Slippery Rock faculty, students, and alumni, as well as professional and semi-professional musicians from Butler and surrounding counties. In 1992 the MCB was approved as a non-profit organization and was co-funded by SRU from its inception until 1998. The MCB continues performing to this day and was directed by Scarnati until 2005.


Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Blase Scarnati Collection

Identifier: 10-1-C-16
Scope and Contents This collection consists of materials collected and created by Blase Scarnati from his start teaching at Slippery Rock State College in 1964 to his retiring from leading the Muscian's Concert Band in 2005.Item types include large scrapbooks from each year Scarnati conducted the marching band which were put together each year by his wife Mary Scarnati. A large portion of the collection is records and recordings of the Musician's Concert Band from it's inception in 1986 until 2005....
Dates: 1964 - 2005

Materials from Dr. Robert M. Smith's Tenure

Identifier: 3-17-1
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of various memorabilia and photographs dating from approximately 1974 to 2012 that were accumulated during President Robert M. Smith's tenure at Slippery Rock University.

Dates: 1974 - 2012

Additional filters:

Advanced Science and Technology Building- -Slippery Rock University 1
China 1
Collegiate Marching Band Festival 1
Founders Hall dormitory- -Slippery Rock, PA 1
India 1