Trumpets and Flugelhorn
Composer and Arranger
Dean Boysen - Artistic Director (2012 - present) is a founding BRAZZISSIMO member. In addition to the all-encompassing trumpet, Dean enjoys composing and arranging music especially for BRAZZISSIMO. Other music writing endeavors include brass quintet and trios, woodwind ensembles, big band, and a few orchestrations. As a professional musician Dean has covered the classical orchestral chair to the jazz stage, and years of 80's 'funk' music studio album gigs. Dean enjoys it all, but it his writing for and performing in BRAZZISSIMO for the past twenty years which provides him that very special treat. Where else can one compose and arrange music, perform as a soloist and ensemble player all at the same time and with super-talented musicians? Pure bliss.
Mr. Boysen's studies on trumpet included five years with the inimitable virtuosic trumpeter and pedagogue Claude Gordon, (1979-1984), also with Carl Leach (1978) the sensational lead trumpeter for the former Bay Area Circle Star Theater and Las Vegas Sands Hotel orchestras, and with Marvin Nelson (1977) Music Professor - California State University Hayward, and Principal/Assistant Principal Trumpet of the Oakland Symphony.
Mr. Boysen holds the position of Principal Trumpet for the Diablo Symphony Orchestra, and as an active freelancer has memberships in the Amici Brass Quintet, The California Pops Orchestra, Gabriel’s Trio - trumpet/flugelhorn trio (brassworksband.com), and local Bay Area holiday favorite, The Musical Toy Soldiers - heraldic trumpet trio ensemble with field drummer (brassworksband.com).
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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 34 years. The best is yet to come!