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Dean McNeill








Applied Trumpet, Jazz Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Arranging, Jazz Materials, Jazz Pedagogy

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Canadian trumpet player/composer Dean McNeill is a Professor at the University of Saskatchewan in the Department of Music. Dean has received a Special Recognition Award from the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival for his contributions to jazz in Saskatchewan and in 2013 performed Allan Gilliland’s composition Kalla (i.e. classical/jazz crossover piece for solo trumpet and wind ensemble) that won Classical Composition of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards; Dean currently directs the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra, the UofS Jazz Ensemble and the Saskatoon Jazz Society’s Jazz Workshop program.

Dean has directed the International Music Camp’s Faculty Jazz Ensemble, the UofS Kenderdine Campus’ Jazz Composer’s Retreat program, and, has lead many of his own professional touring large and small jazz ensemble (often recorded by CBC Radio). A Yamaha performing artist Dean has performed on over 20 CDs and as a guest artist with the Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Vancouver Jazz Orchestras. Dean has adjudicated throughout Canada and the Unites States and has performed alongside the likes of Hugh Fraser, Tom Banks, Brad Turner, Kelly Jefferson, David Braid, Bob Mintzer, Denzal Sinclaire, PJ Perry, Ingrid Jensen, Jon Balantyne, and many others.

Dean holds music degrees from the University of North Texas (Masters), McGill University (Undergraduate), and Grant MacEwan University (Music Diploma). He has released two critically acclaimed CDs respectively entitled Prairie Fire: Large Jazz Ensemble Music of Dean McNeill and Mélange: New Music For Trumpet and Piano ( Most recently Dean performed on the Complete Rebirth of the Cool CD distributed on Cellar Live! records. (

A recipient of the U of S Department of Music’s Dwaine Nelson Teaching Award Dean’s past administrative activity includes serving on the board of Jazz Canada (i.e. the Canadian chapter of the International Association of Jazz Education), Canadian Music Centre (i.e. Prairie Region Board), and, as Head of the Department of Music at the University of Saskatchewan (2004-2009).

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