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 semi-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 is his writing and years of performances with BRAZZISSIMO that provides him that special lift time and time again.
Mr. Boysen's studies on trumpet included five years with the inimitable virtuosic trumpeter and pedagogue Claude Gordon, (1979-1984), Carl Leach (1978) the sensational lead trumpeter for the former Bay Area Circle Star Theater and Las Vegas Sands Hotel orchestras, and Marvin Nelson (1977) Music Professor - California State University Hayward, and Principal/Assistant Trumpet of the Oakland Symphony.
Mr. Boysen holds the position of Principal Trumpet for the Diablo Symphony Orchestra, and as an active freelancer performs with The California Pops Orchestra, Gabriel’s Trio - a trumpet/flugelhorn trio (brassworksband.com), and local Bay Area holiday favorite, The Musical Toy Soldiers - a 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 35 years. The best is yet to come!