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….

 People I Have Worked With

Louie Ortega (Grammy Award Winning Artist – Texas Tornados) (Gigs / Studio)

John Laird (Grammy Award Winning Artist – Claire Fischer) (Gigs / Studio)

Jean-Michel Byron (Toto) (Gigs)

Jeff Richman (Manhattan Transfer) (Gigs)

Pat Kelley (George Benson) (Gigs)

Robbie Krieger (The Doors) (Studio)

Kenny Lee Lewis (Steve Miller) (Gigs)

Greg Smith (The Eagles) (Gigs)

Mic Gillette (Tower of Power) (Gigs)

Danny Pelfrey (Carol King / Emmy Award Winning Composer) (Gigs)

Becky Barksdale (Michael Jackson) (Gigs)

Rhona Bennett (en Vogue) (Gigs / Tour)

Brett Rosenberg (Award Winning Film Composer) (Gigs / Studio)

Ralph Carter (Film & TV Composer) (Gigs / Studio)

Noel Webb (Labrador Records) (Gigs / Tours)

Mark Ross (Emmy Award Winning Composer) (Gigs)

Lee Thornberg (Tower Of Power) (Gigs / Studio)

Gary Herbig (LA Studios) (Gigs / Studio)

Ken Stange (Joe Cocker) (Gigs / Studio)

Tim Hosman (Film & TV Composer) (Studio)

Abe Most (Jazz Legend) (Studio)

Chuck Alvarez (Tim Weisberg) (Gigs)

Lee Seung-Chul (Korean Platinum Recording Artist) (Gigs)

Jeff Elliot (Les McCann) (Gigs / Studio)

Red Holloway (Jazz Legend) (Gigs / Studio)

Robey (Friday the 13th TV Show) (Gigs)

Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne (Gigs)

Nicole Stromsoe (Gigs / Studio)

Ann Kelly (Gigs)

Adam Levine (Gigs / Studio)

Barebones (Giant Records) (Gigs)

Joe Koenig (Studio)

Dan Littlefield (Studio)

Dave Becker (Gigs)

The Bombers (Gigs)

Cami Thompson (Gigs)

Don Kirkpatrick (Rod Stewart) (Gigs / Studio)

Colette Lovejoy (Gigs)

Don Rickles (Show)

Dorian Michael (Gigs / Studio)

Horace Height Jr. Orchestra w/Barbara McNair (Gigs)

Rancho Deluxe (Gigs)

Human Nation (Gigs / Studio)

Jackie Lomax (Gigs)

Mel Brooks Musical Theatre (Shows)

Mere Mortals (Gigs)

John Flitcraft (Gigs)

Tim Emmons (Gigs)

Jeff Miley (Gigs)

The Mills Brothers (Show)

Osmond Brothers (Show)

The Pontiax (Gigs)

Present Tense (Gigs / Studio)

Rob Rio & The Revolvers (Gigs)

Sorcerer Productions (Shows)

The Swing Kings (Gigs / Tours / Studio)

Teresa Russell (Gigs)

Trey Henry  (Studio)

Zaidee Cole & 11 O’Clock Blues Band (Gigs)

Richard Green (Studio / Gigs)