Dean white grew up in Superior WI and played in various working bands while attending the Univ. of WI, Superior. After graduating with a bachelors degree in percussion performance, he moved to Hollywood CA to attend Musicians Institute. Half way through the first year he was offered a main showroom gig at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas. He was the first drummer in the Legends In Concert Show that still performs in various incarnations across the country today. He left Las Vegas to join Tony Axtell and Toshi Hinata in Tokyo to write and play original music. Since settling back in the Twin Cities Dean has performed with many groups. These include GBF, the Autobody Experience, Century Big Band, Nova Jazz, Big Time Jazz Orchestra, the Shorn Hortz jazz quintet, Power of 10, Jack Knife and the Sharps, Tubby Esquire, Hennessy Brothers jazz, and many others. He has also studied privately with Gordy Knudtson and his Open/Close hand technique. Dean feels blessed to be part of a rich music scene that exist in the Twin Cities.
Favorite Artists:
Tower of Power Earth Wind and Fire The Police Chick Corea Jeff Beck John Coltrane Brecker Brothers Great Drummers of all styles
Favorite Recordings:
Chick Corea - The Mad Hatter, McCoy Tyner- Inner Voices, Tower of Power Live, Joe Jackson - Night and Day, Level 42- World Machine, Steely Dan - Aja, Kiss - Alive