Dean Westman




Dean Westman is the Performing Arts Department Chair and Orchestra Director at Avon High School in Avon, Indiana. He founded the Avon Orchestra program in the fall 2007 and over the years, it has grown to over 700 students. The Avon High School Symphony Orchestra placed 3rd at both the 2014 and 2015 Indiana State School Music Association State Orchestra Finals. Mr. Westman currently serves as a Program Coordinator for the Avon High School Marching Black and Gold, member of the Music for All Educational Steering Committee, and Board Member for the Avon Education Foundation. 

Dean has been an active designer, instructor, and arranger in the drum corps activity for over 20 years. He taught the Tenrikyo Aimaichi Marching Band from Nagoya, Japan. He served as Brass Caption Head for the Cadets, brass arranger and instructor for the Santa Clara Vanguard, and on the brass staff for the Cavaliers. He was a music consultant for Carolina Crown and was the Brass Arranger and Program Coordinator for the Troopers. In 2011, Dean instructed the Yokohama Scouts from Yokohama, Japan as they became the first Japanese Drum and Bugle Corps to ever perform at a DCI World Championship. Westman currently serves as Program Coordinator for the Bluecoats. 

Dean continues to present clinics throughout the United States and Japan. He is a proud member of the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Mu, the American String Teacher’s Association, the Indiana State School Music Association and serves as an Educational Specialist for Conn-Selmer, Inc. A proud alumnus of the University of Illinois, Dean’s conducting and musical mentors include James F. Keene, Larry Livingston, and Gordon Henderson. He lives in Plainfield, Indiana with his wife Adrianna and their daughter, Abigail. 


Starting from Scratch: Launching a High-Achieving Orchestra Program

In this interview, Dean Westman shares his experiences with Music for All, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Avon School District.

The Pursuit of Excellence: Using Competition as a Tool to Achieve Excellence

Dean Westman writes on the “journey towards excellence” as a perspective on competition.