Dean Westman is the Orchestra Director at Avon High School in Avon, Indiana. Mr. Westman also serves as a Program Coordinator for the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Bands of America Grand National Champion Avon High School Marching Black and Gold. Prior to coming to Avon, Dean worked as the Educational Director for Bands of America and Orchestra America. Dean also served as Director of Bands at Stephen F. Austin High School in Sugar Land, Texas. Westman Co-Conducted the award winning SFA Symphony Orchestra. Under Dean’s leadership, the SFA Marching Band was named Bands of America Houston Regional Champion in 2002, 2003, and 2004. The SFA Band placed 5th at the 2002 Bands of America Grand National Championships and 4th at the 2004 Bands of America Grand National Championships, winning both Outstanding Music Performance and the Al Castronovo Memorial Esprit de Corps Award. Dean’s concert ensembles at SFA have performed at Carnegie Hall, the Moores Opera House, the Meyerson, and the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago. Mr. Westman has also held band director positions at Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas and the Indian Prairie School District in Naperville, Illinois. Dean also currently serves as Coordinator for the Honor Orchestra of America and is a member of the Music for All Advisory Board and Educational Steering Committee.
In 2002, Dean was named the Texas Young Bandmaster of the Year at the Texas Bandmaster’s Association Convention. He has taught the Tenrikyo Aimaichi Marching Band from Nagoya, Japan, which has won the All-Japan Marching Band Championship in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006 and 2007. Mr. Westman served on the teaching staff for the 2005 and 2009 Bands of America Rose Parade Honor Band of America. He continues to present clinics throughout the United States and Japan, including presentations at the Midwest Clinic, the Texas Bandmaster’s Association Convention, the Colorado Bandmaster’s Association Convention, the Texas Music Educator’s Association Convention, the DCI Judges and Instructor Clinic, and the Texas Dance Educator’s Association Convention. Dean has conducted district honor ensembles in Cobb County, Georgia and Jefferson County, Kentucky. He is a proud member of the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Mu, the American String Teacher’s Association, the Indiana State School Music Association and proudly serves as an Educational Specialist for Conn-Selmer, Inc.
Dean has been an active instructor and arranger in the drum corps activity for 17 years. Westman served as Brass Caption Head for the nine-time Drum Corps International World Champion Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in 2003 and 2004. He spent seven years as a brass arranger and instructor for the six-time Drum Corps International World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. Dean taught on the brass staff for the seven-time Drum Corps International World Champion Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, and was the Brass Caption Head during the Cavaliers 1995 DCI World Championship season and was a music consultant for Carolina Crown in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Westman was the Brass Arranger and Program Coordinator for the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps, leading America’s Corps to their first DCI Finals appearance in 23 years in 2009.
Dean is a native of Park Ridge, Illinois and a proud alumnus of the University of Illinois. He lives in Plainfield, Indiana with his wife Adrianna and their 12-year-old daughter, Abigail.