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“I’ve been spoiled, playing with some of the world’s best drummers, and Dean sits right up there with the best of them. Solid and right in the pocket.” – Mic Gillette, Tower of Power

“Hey Dean, just wanted to say thanks for all the awesome work. Your versatility always amazes me. The funk tracks, the latin tracks, the swing tracks, all just the right touches. You know your stuff and you’re a down to biz pro. Makes the sessions so pleasurable!” – Ralph Carter, Film and Television Composer

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“Dean locks up the groove so tight, can’t nothing get out!” – Danny Pelfrey, Composer / Producer / Musician

I have had the opportunity over the 40+ years playing with some of the greatest drummers, ranging from Buddy Rich, Peter Erskine, Sonny Payne, Louis Bellson, Steve Gadd and a host of the greatest of drummers. Dean Giles is among the top plateau of drummers, a perfect combination of technical prowess and musicality that is hard to find. Playing with Dean is always a great musical moment and I always look forward to gigs when he is on the stage. It’s vital to have a reliable foundation in any musical event and he has proven to be a perfect man for the job. Greg Smith – The Eagles, LA Studios

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Dean Giles is a perfect drummer for our regional band. He brings so many different styles to the band and performs them all well with authenticity. His pocket is behind the beat which I prefer and his placement is excellent. A mature experienced player, Dean is never too loud and his cymbal work is tasty. Love the sound of his kit. He is always on the money and right on time! Kenny Lee Lewis-Steve Miller Band

The New Migration

The New Migration

“Human Nation” releases their debut CD “Migration” Click on the image to listen to samples of the tunes and to purchase the CD.   Thanks for your...
Rio Salinas PAC’s the House

Rio Salinas PAC’s the House

  Wednesday October 30th was a great night for “Rio Salinas” featuring Grammy Award Winner Louie Ortega. The Performing Arts Center on the campus of Cal-Poly was the venue for the first of...
Pat Kelley

Pat Kelley

Another great gig with the versatile Mr. Pat Kelley. Pat is a world class musician, composer and educator and has played with some of the biggest names in music including George Benson, Natalie Cole, David...
Journal Plus Articles

Journal Plus Articles

This months issue of Journal Plus features stories about “Human Nation”, Kenny Lee Lewis and Dianne Steinberg-Lewis. I am honored to be asked to create music with these great musicians and...
Boogie on the Bluff

Boogie on the Bluff

Boogie on the Bluff – SeaCrest Oceanfront Hotel Presents Boogie on the Bluff benefiting United Way of San Luis Obispo County. Bring your family and friends out Sunday, October 27th for this fun filled...
George Young

George Young

Once again I have been blessed to play music with a amazing group of musicians. Sunday September 22nd was Be-Bop-a-Reno at D’Anbino!!           From Left to Right; DG, John...
Veterans Benefit

Veterans Benefit

For the third year in a row Rio Salinas featuring Grammy Winner Louie Ortega were honored to play for the Veterans Express Shuttle benefit in Morro Bay CA. It was a great day for a great cause. Thanks to our...
Journal Plus Article

Journal Plus Article

Louie Ortega appears on the cover of the latest issue of Journal Plus magazine. In the interview Louie talks briefly about his career and “Rio Salinas”. Skip up to page 18 for the story. Check out...
Human Nation in LA

Human Nation in LA

Human Nation was in in LA at Big City Recording Studio in December of 2012. The New Human Nation CD should be available by March of 2013. Thanks to Engineer / Owner, Paul Tavenner (at the console below) for...
Ford Jingle

Ford Jingle

Listen for the new Perry Ford Jingle out soon. It should play in the San Luis Obispo and San Diego markets. Recently I had the pleasure of working with composer Tim Hosman, bassist Kenny Lee Lewis (Steve...
Human Nation on NBC (KSBY)

Human Nation on NBC (KSBY)

A quick tune and interview with “Human Nation” at the local NBC affiliate KSBY. (sorry about the...
The Click

The Click

Over the years of recording I have been in the middle of the debate between using a click track and not using one. Many musicians say it makes the track sound stiff and less expressive. Some just have a hard...
Practice and Lessons

Practice and Lessons

(the following is a letter to students and parents regarding practicing) “when you’re not practicing, someone else is” Dear Parents and Students, First of all I want to thank you for your interest in...
Bob McChesney & The Cuesta Night Big Band

Bob McChesney & The Cuesta Night Bi...

Wow, what a great honor to have been asked to play with the Cuesta Night Big Band under the direction of Ron McCarley. The Band features some fantastic musical talent including Ken Hustad (Bass), Jeff Miley...
Louie Ortega Big Sur California

Louie Ortega Big Sur California

A wonderful show was organized by Wally Barnick at the Fernwood Resort in Big Sur California. Wally Barnick (Bass/Vox), Gary Roda (Pedal Steel/Guitar/Vox), Talia Ortega (Flute/Vox), Louie Ortega (Guitar/Vox)...

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