Department Chairman / Clinician Orchestra Director
Avon High School
Dean Westman is the Performing Arts Department Chair and Orchestra Director at Avon High School in Avon, Indiana. Dean founded the Avon Orchestra program in the fall of 2007 with 40 6th grade beginners. Over the past 10 years, the Avon Orchestra has grown to over 700 students grades 6 through 12, and the Avon High School Symphony Orchestra placed 3rd at 2014, 2015, and 2016 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 12 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. He 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 Skirball Center at NYU, 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 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, and has served on the teaching staff for 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 Clinician for Conn-Selmer, Inc.
Dean has been an active designer, instructor, and arranger in the drum corps activity for 25 years. Westman served as Brass Caption Head for the ten-time Drum Corps International World Champion Cadets, 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 Brass Arranger and Program Coordinator for the Troopers, leading America’s Corps to their first DCI Finals appearance in 23 years in 2009. In 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 is in his 7th season as Program Coordinator for the 2016 Drum Corps International World Champion Bluecoats from Canton, Ohio.
Dean is a native of Park Ridge, Illinois and a proud alumnus of the University of Illinois. His conducting and musical mentors include James F. Keene, Gary Smith, Thomas J. Wisniewski, Mark Moore, Franz Krager, and Larry Livingston. He lives in Plainfield, Indiana with his wife Adrianna and their 18-year-old daughter Abigail, who is a senior at Avon High School and will be studying Art Education next fall at Indiana State University!
Collaborative Learning is a popular phrase in education these days...it’s also a concept that music educators have been using for many decades. From the high school musical to the holiday concert, this clinic will explore some exciting collaborations that will help build chemistry between the various elements of your Performing Arts Department, while strengthening relationships between your students, colleagues, administration, and community.
Dean Westman founded the Avon Orchestra program in 2007 with only 38 beginners. 9 years later, the Avon Orchestra program serves over 700 string players grades 6-12 with 3 full time teachers in 5 buildings. Whether your are starting a new program or looking to grow your current program, this clinic will use the lessons learned with the Avon Orchestra over the past 9 years to provide both common sense and outside the box ways to grow and sustain your program.