Dean Westman is the Performing Arts Department Chair and Orchestra Director at Avon High School in Avon, Indiana. Mr. Westman also serves as the Co-Program Coordinator for the 3-time Bands of America Grand National Champion Avon High School Marching Black and Gold. Prior to coming to Avon, Dean worked as the Educational Director for Bands of America and Orchestra America. Dean also served as Director of Bands at Stephen F. Austin High School in Sugar Land, Texas. Westman Co-Conducted the award winning SFA Symphony Orchestra. Under Dean’s leadership, the SFA Marching Band was named Bands of America Houston Regional Champion in 2002, 2003, and 2004. The SFA Band placed 5th at the 2002 Bands of America Grand National Championships and 4th at the 2004 Bands of America Grand National Championships, winning both Outstanding Music Performance and the Al Castronovo Memorial Esprit de Corps Award. Dean’s concert ensembles at SFA have performed at Carnegie Hall, the Moores Opera House, the Meyerson, and the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago. Mr. Westman has also held band director positions at Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas and the Indian Prairie School District in Naperville, Illinois. Dean also currently serves as Coordinator for the Honor Orchestra of America and is a member of the Music for All Advisory Board and Educational Steering Committee.
In 2002, Dean was named the Texas Young Bandmaster of the Year at the Texas Bandmaster’s Association Convention. He has taught the Tenrikyo Aimaichi Marching Band from Nagoya, Japan, which has won the All-Japan Marching Band Championship in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006 and 2007. Mr. Westman served on the teaching staff for the 2005, 2009 and 2013 Bands of America Rose Parade Honor Band of America. He continues to present clinics throughout the United States and Japan, including presentations at the Midwest Clinic, the Texas Bandmaster’s Association Convention, the Colorado Bandmaster’s Association Convention, the Texas Music Educator’s Association Convention, the DCI Judges and Instructor Clinic, and the Texas Dance Educator’s Association Convention. 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 proudly serves as an Educational Specialist for Conn-Selmer, Inc.
Dean has been an active instructor and arranger in the drum corps activity for over 20 years. Westman served as Brass Caption Head for the ten-time Drum Corps International World Champion Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in 2003 and 2004. He spent seven years as a brass arranger and instructor for the six-time Drum Corps International World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. Dean taught on the brass staff for the seven-time Drum Corps International World Champion Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, and was the Brass Caption Head during the Cavaliers 1995 DCI World Championship season and was a music consultant for Carolina Crown in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Westman was the Brass Arranger and Program Coordinator for the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps, leading America’s Corps to their first DCI Finals appearance in 23 years in 2009. In the summer of 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 the Program Coordinator for the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps.
Dean is a native of Park Ridge, Illinois and a proud alumnus of the University of Illinois. He lives in Plainfield, Indiana with his wife Adrianna and their 14-year-old daughter, Abigail.
Daniel Wiles has been teaching for over 25 years in the world of Pageantry, and has been involved in Marching Band, Drum Corps and Color Guard since the age of 9. Daniel is currently the Visual & Co-Program Coordinator of the Avon Marching Black and Gold, as well as the Director of the color guard for Avon High School in Avon, Indiana; a position he's held for the past 13 years. The Avon Marching Black and Gold was the 2008, 2009 & 2010 Bands of America Grand National Champion and has been a finalist for the past 10 years. Avon has also won the Indiana State Championship 9 of the last 12 years. As the Visual Coordinator from 2003-2008, Mr. Wiles was instrumental in the development of the Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps and helped produce some of their most defining shows including Bohemia and Triple Crown. He also served as the Visual Coordinator of the Troopers from 2008-2010. In 2009 the Troopers made DCI finals for the first time in 23 years with their show Western Side Story. Recently, Daniel was the Visual Coordinator/Drill Designer for the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps in 2012. He wrote the drill for the 2011 Class B Indiana State Champion, Concord HS in Indiana and several other Indiana state finalist bands including Castle HS and Vincennes HS. In 2011 & 2012, Daniel also wrote the drill for Sam Houston State University.
Since becoming the Director of the Avon High School winter guard in 2000, Avon was the 2001 WGI Scholastic Open Champion, the 2009 WGI Scholastic World Champion, and has placed in the Top 4 in World Class at WGI every year since 2002. While at Avon, Mr. Wiles has produced many memorable shows including Carpe Diem, A-Muse-Ing, Release, and the ground breaking Unanswered Question. Daniel has staged many WGI finalist guards including the 2011 Scholastic Open Champion, Oak Ridge High School from Conroe, TX, and the 2012 Scholastic Open Silver Medalist, Lake Central High School from St. John's, IN. Additionally, he's staged for many state champion and finalist guards around the country including Lawrence Central (IN), Walton HS (GA), Flower Mound HS (TX), Plainfield HS (IL), Lake Park HS (IL), among many others.
From 2002-2004, Daniel served as a member of the WGI instructor task force. He has been a member of the WGI Advisory Board since 1993 as the director of Lincoln Way HS, Southport HS and Avon HS., the WGI Steering Committee from 2003-2005, and the WGI Board of Directors from 2009-2011. Daniel has also served as the Secretary of the IHSCGA Board of Directors since 2001. Mr. Wiles has coordinated and presented at many clinics and instructor education programs around the country including WGI's Spinfest.
In 2009 he received the prestigious Sudler Shield and Golden Apple awards for excellence in education as one of the directors at Avon High School.
Daniel currently serves as a Director of Avon HS, and judges for Winter Guard International, Bands of America, and many local circuits around the US. He resides in Avon, Indiana with his wife of 11 years Sarah, and their beautiful children Olivia, Aidan and Brennan. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary English Education from Indiana University.