Trumpets and Flugelhorn
Composer and Arranger
Dean Boysen, founding member and Artistic Director (2012 - present), enjoys playing trumpet and composing and an arranging music. His colorful career in the music industry began during his high school years playing lead trumpet for the Youth of America organization under the baton of Lyle Bardo. "It was during those four wonderful years of touring shows and performances that I knew music was going to be meaningful in my life." Soul/funk, big band, Latin music, a couple of summers at Marriott's Great America theme park, recording artist for SOLAR Records and soul/funk industry session player, plus a few brass chamber ensembles along the way proved not only to be of immense value in performance experience but also in the forming of a distinctive and eclectic style of music writing.
It is this writing for BRAZZISSIMO, in particular, for which has proved to be the most rewarding and enjoyable to Dean.
Mr. Boysen studied trumpet with virtuoso trumpeter and pedagogue Claude Gordon, (1979-1984), and Las Vegas Sands Hotel and Bay Area Circle Star Theater's sensational lead trumpeter Carl Leach (1978), and Marvin Nelson (1977) - Music Professor - California State University Hayward, and Principal/Assistant Principal Trumpet of the Oakland Symphony.
Current affiliations: Mr. Boysen holds the position of Principal Trumpet for the Diablo Symphony Orchestra, membership in the Amici Brass Quintet, The California Pops Orchestra, and Gabriel’s Trio (heraldic fanfare trumpet ensemble (brassworksband.com), and local Bay Area holiday favorite, The Toy Soldiers, a heraldic trumpet trio ensemble with field drummer (brassworksband.com)
Education and Employment: attended California State University Hayward (1977), De Anza College (1978) with emphasis in music studies. Microcomputers and Electronics certification from Control Data Institute, San Francisco, Ca (1985), and received his B.S. in Business Management Degree from the University of Phoenix (1998). Dean has been employed with Xerox Corporation for 33 years.