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 gigs with Latin and soul/funk bands, in addition to 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 fulfilled.  Throughout this period (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, quickly 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 turnabout! 

Mr. Boysen, to his credit, has written original compositions and arrangements for brass ensembles, concert band, soul/funk bands, Latin, and 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 alone 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,  and is also a member of Gabriel’s Trio (Heraldic fanfare trumpets ensemble), The Toy Soldiers (Trumpet trio with field drummer), a section  player in The California Pops Orchestra, and is an active freelancer.


Mr. Boysen studied trumpet with virtuoso trumpeter and pedagogue Claude Gordon from 1979 to 1984, Carl Leach in 1978 (Las Vegas Sands Hotel lead trumpet marvel) and 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 over 31 years in the field of technical service repair.

Life for Dean is not just about music, well... and certainly not about work!  - he enjoys long hikes within the East Bay Regional Parks, playing chess and backgammon, enjoys long scenic rides on his motorcycle and spending time with his family.

Favorite musicians, groups, and composers include: Freddie Hubbard, Blue Mitchell, Clifford Brown, Wynton Marsalis, The Brecker Brothers , Jerry Hey, Horace Silver ensembles, Chick Corea, Oscar Peterson, Joe Pass, Sergei Nakaraikov, Alison Balsom, W. A. Mozart, Tower of Power, Earth, Wind and Fire, and Chicago.