Yamaha Artist & award winning Canadian trumpet player/composer Dean McNeill regularly performs in both the classical and jazz idioms. Dean has been a faculty member at University of Saskatchewan Dept. of Music for the past 20 years and during this time he has performed and adjudicating throughout Canada and the United States.
He has released 2 critically acclaimed CDs as a leader and he has produced and/or performed on numerous others CDs projects including 6 separate University of Saskatchewan Jazz Ensemble ‘Bumper Crop’ CDs. Dean is the recipient of the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival’s Special Recognition Award, UofS’s Student Union Teaching Excellence Award, UofS Dept. of Music’s Dwaine Nelson Teaching Award, and a Downbeat Magazine Big Band Arranging award. His performance of Kalla composed by Allan Gilliland won the Western Canadian Music Awards (W.C.M.A.) for best classical composition and he has shared the stage with the like of Jon Balantyne, Tommy Banks, David Braid, Bobby Caldwell, Dee Daniels, Phil Dwyer, Mark Fewer, Guy Few, Hugh Fraser, Wycliffe Gordon, Kelly Jefferson, Ingrid Jensen, Michael Kaeshammer, Alastair Kay, Jens Lindemann, Bob Mintzer, PJ Perry, Campbell Ryga, Bobby Shew, Denzal Sinclaire, Brad Turner, and Carol Welsman.
As an ensemble conductor Dean currently directs the UofS Jazz Ensemble, the International Music Camp’s Faculty Jazz Ensemble, the SaskTel Jazz Festival Jazz Intensive program, and, the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra. Dean has lead numerous professional jazz composition retreats at the UofS’s Kenderdine Campus and he has led many professional ensembles on Canadian tours and for special performance projects (e.g. 4 times performing at the Western Canadian Music Awards).