• Westman
    Dean Westman
    Email: dewestman@avon-schools.org
    Phone: 317-544-5000 ext. 5087
    Subject/Grade: Orchestra/9-12

    Dean Westman is the Performing Arts Department Chair and Orchestra Director at Avon High School in Avon, Indiana.  Dean started the Avon Orchestra program in the fall of 2007 with 40 pioneering 6th grade beginners.  Over the past 6 years, the Avon Orchestra has grown to over 700 students grades 6 through 12 taught by 3 Orchestra Directors, and is proud to spend the 2013/14 school year celebrating that first beginner class that now lead the program as the Senior Class of 2014!  Mr. Westman also serves as a Program Coordinator for the 3-time Bands of America Grand National Champion Avon High School Marching Black and Gold.  Prior tocoming 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, 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 AssociationConvention, 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 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.  He 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 in2009.  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 Drum and Bugle Corps.

    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 15-year-old daughter, Abigail.