AHS Director

Dean Westman is the Performing Arts Department Chair and Orchestra Director at ADean-Head-Shot-Colorvon High School in Avon, Indiana.  Dean founded the Avon Orchestra program in the fall of 2007 with 40 6th grade beginners.  Over the past 7 years, the Avon Orchestra has grown to over 700 students grades 6 through 12.  The Avon High School Symphony Orchestra placed 3rd at the 2014 Indiana State School Music Association State Orchestra Finals.  Mr. Westman also serves as a Program Coordinator for the 3-time Bands of America Grand National Champion and 10 Time Indiana State Champion Avon High School Marching Black and Gold.  Prior to coming to Avon, Dean worked as the Educational Director for Music for All.  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 have performed at Carnegie Hall, the Moores Opera House, the Meyerson, and the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago.  Mr. Westman has also held positions at Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas and the Indian Prairie School District in Naperville, Illinois.  Dean also currently serves as a member of the Music for All Educational Steering Committee and a Board Member for the Avon Education Foundation.


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, 2009 and 2013 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.  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 over 20 years.  Westman served as Brass Caption Head for the ten-time Drum Corps International World Champion Cadets.  He spent seven years as a brass arranger and instructor for the six-time Drum Corps International World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard and taught on the brass staff for the seven-time Drum Corps International World Champion Cavaliers.  He was a music consultant for Carolina Crown and was the Brass Arranger and Program Coordinator for the Troopers, leading America’s Corps to their first DCI Finals appearance in 23 years in 2009.  In the summer of 2011, Dean instructed the Yokohama Scouts from Yokohama, Japan as they became the first Japanese Drum and Bugle Corps to ever perform at a DCI World Championship.  Westman currently serves as Program Coordinator for the Bluecoats.


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 16-year-old daughter, Abigail.