bio

Dean is a former instructor and award winning, honors graduate of the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood California. Along with his years of experience in the Los Angeles music scene, Dean has performed on tours of the United States and overseas.

He has appeared in “Modern Drummer” and “Drum” magazine and has written articles for “Drum Tracks” and “Jazz Exodus” publications. His LA recording experience includes working on several film and television projects including ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”, films for the Showtime movie network, television commercials and NBC television.

During his tenure with the Los Angeles “Swing Kings” Dean had the opportunity to perform with: Merv Griffin, Cybill Shepard, The Osmond Brothers, The Mills Brothers, Don Rickles, Members of the Brian Setzer Orchestra and many more. Dean has also recorded and/or performed with Grammy Award Winning Artists Louie Ortega and John Laird, Robbie Krieger (the Doors), Kenny Lee Lewis (Steve Miller Band), Greg Smith (The Eagles), Lee Thornberg, Greg Adams and Mic Gilette (Tower of Power), Danny Pelfrey (Carole King), Becky Barksdale (Michael Jackson), Jeff Richman, Pat Kelley, Mark Ross, Noel Webb and more..(see full list on “tours/gigs/studio” page).

Dean is especially proud of his school program called the “Music Appreciation Percussion School” or “MAPS”. The program was created in 1993 and has brought the power of understanding music, to many students and special needs children. Dean is extremely honored that the Music Appreciation Percussion School has been affiliated with the “Artists in The Classroom” program and is now part of “Children’s Creative Project”.

Currently Dean keeps a very busy schedule of recording, private teaching, school residencies, and gigging from Los Angeles to San Francisco and beyond.