Student Delegates

Student Delegates

Danielle Dileto



A native of the Chicago suburbs, Danielle Dileto is a percussion major at VanderCook College of Music under the direction of Mr. Jim Yakas. She is expected to complete her bachelor’s degree in music education in the spring of 2018, and hopes to be teaching band and general music at a k to 5 level.

Ms. Dileto began her musical career in fifth grade beginning band as a percussionist and became a featured performer for the Minooka Community High School. Her experience in ensembles such as The Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Joliet Junior College Community band helped drive her passion for music and the decision to go into teaching music. She was also very involved with WGI programs in the area such as Minooka Indoor Percussion, and Pioneer Indoor; this fulfilled her passion for performing and entertaining.

Ms. Dileto is very excited to be working with the Illinois Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society in hopes to making great connections with her fellow percussion enthusiasts.

 Rodney Rote Jr.




Rodney is a junior music performance major at Eastern Illinois University where he studies percussion with Jamie V. Ryan and plays in the Wind Symphony, Percussion Ensemble, and the Basketball Band. Once he completes his undergraduate studies he hopes to continue on to graduate study in music. Before attending EIU, Rodney has had the extreme pleasure of learning from his many teachers: Thomas Benko, Anthony Graffeo, and Joe Beribak.

He began his musical studies when he was about 10 years old, receiving his first lessons from his middle school band director and piano lessons from his 5th grade teacher. Once he reached high school, percussion became a very important part of his life. In addition to studying music, Rodney finds a lot of joy in educating young musicians. In doing so, he has gladly taught many high school groups. One of his favorite things about percussion is the undeniably inclusive community it has to offer. That’s why Rodney extremely excited to be part of the ILPAS team!