Dean is the Director of Jazz Studies and Associate Director of Bands at Foothill High School. He is a active member of the Musician’s Union, Local 369, Las Vegas, as a tubist, trombonist, and conductor. As performer and conductor, Dean’s roots run deep in the Pacific Northwest. A product of the Oregon public school system, Dean continued to grow as a musician through years of practice and private study, learning tuba, trombone, bass trombone, euphonium, trumpet and guitar. This passion for making music took him to the Biola Conservatory of Music in La Mirada, CA to study tuba with Roger Bobo and Loren Marsteller. After two years in Los Angeles, he returned to the Northwest to continue to study education as well as working as a freelance musician.After a successful career as a band director and musician in the Seattle area, Dean returned to school at Central Washington University to complete a masters degree in conducting and jazz pedagogy. Following his time at Central Washington University, his family relocated to Las Vegas to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting and to work as a performing musician. He is a highly sought after clinician/adjudicator and has had the pleasure of conducting several regional honor bands in Washington, Idaho and Nevada. He has studied conducting under: Thomas Leslie, Larry Gookin, Dr. Daniel Baldwin, Dr. Nikolas Caoile, Dr. Wayne Bennett, Allan MacMurray and Marlin Owen. He has studied brass under: Roger Bobo, Loren Marsteller, Steven Eklund, Dr. Jeffrey Snedeker, Dr. Curtis Peacock, Dr. John Neurohr, Dr. Russel Schultz, Tom Gause, Stephen Fissel, Craig Gosnell, Jeff Uusitalo, Dick Shearer, and Charles Bolton. He has had the pleasure of playing and singing with many great musicians, including: Seth McFarlane, Bill Reichenbach, Dave Loeb, Ingrid Jensen, Wycliffe Gordon, Mike Longo, Sara Gazarek, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Doc Severinsen, Dave Barduhn, Douglas Yeo, Toby Oft, Dan Helseth, Deanna Swoboda, and Menachem Pressler. He was also a member of the orchestra for Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers.
Dean currently serves on the board of the Jazz Outreach Initiative.