Dean Boysen

Dean Boysen

Artistic Director
Trumpets and Flugelhorn

Composer and Arranger

         

 

           Mr. Boysen's introduction to the professional music scene began during high school years, in the mid 70's, playing after-hour gigs with Latin and soul/funk bands. Transitioning to college entailed summertime music employment at Marriott's Great America theme park .  Soon thereafter, he was fortunate to establish himself as an in-demand studio musician - a dream self-fulfilled.   Through the years 1979 - 1983  Dean was fortunate enough to perform on over 30 record albums as a sideman for major record labels in the soul/funk and jazz fusion music industry.  As a founding member of COLLAGE, a Bay Area based soul-funk band, he performed and recorded on the first two of three albums,  Do You Like Our Music?  and  Get In Touch as a recording artist and song writer under the SOLAR/MCA record label.  1983 necessitated a change in direction and, soon Mr. Boysen began pursuing the "legitimate" side of the music scene gaining invaluable experience playing in local orchestras, musical theater ensembles, brass quintets and larger ensembles. What a turnaround! 

          To his credit Mr. Boysen has written original compositions and arrangements for brass ensembles, concert band, soul/funk bands, Latin bands, big bands and orchestra. His most rewarding works have been for the ten-piece brass ensemble and brass quintet.  Dean's writing has contributed to over 30 compositions and arrangements for BRAZZISSIMO since 2002. 

          In addition to his current BRAZZISSIMO responsibilities, Mr. Boysen holds the position of Principal Trumpet for the Diablo Symphony Orchestra, is a founding member of the Amici Brass Quintet, a member of The California Pops Orchestra, a member of Gabriel’s Trio (Heraldic fanfare trumpets ensemble), and an integral part of The Toy Soldiers (heraldic trumpet ensemble), and is an active freelancer.

 

          Mr. Boysen studied trumpet with virtuoso trumpeter and pedagogue, Claude Gordon, from 1979 to 1984, with Carl Leach in 1978 (Las Vegas Sands Hotel lead trumpet marvel) and with Marvin Nelson in 1977 (Principal Trumpet of the Oakland Symphony).  

 

          Dean attended California State University Hayward and De Anza College with emphasis on music performance, composition and theory.  He received a 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) . He has been employed with Xerox Corporation for 32 years in the field of technical service repair.