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Read below to learn where Dean McNeill will be appearing in concert, and also to get a schedule of where Dean is adjudicating or speaking.

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University of Saskatchewan Jazz Ensemble concerts for the Fall 2012 - Spring 2013 year, as directed by Dean McNeill
  • October 12, 2012: Bassment Jazz Club, Saskatoon, SK.
  • October 13, 2012: U of S Jazz Ensemble Big Dance Fundraiser, Manhattan Ballroom, SK.
  • November 24, 2012: With guest artists Allen Vizzutti (trumpet) & Eileen Laverty (voice), Elim Church, Saskatoon, SK.
  • February 2, 2013: Wind Orchestra/Jazz Ensemble fundraiser, Parktown Hotel, Saskatoon, SK.
  • February 9, 2013: North American Saxophone Alliance Region 9 Conference, Quance Theatre, Saskatoon, Sk.
  • March 8, 2013: Bassment Jazz Club, Saskatoon, SK.
  • March 16, 2013: With guest artist Mike Rud (guitar), Quance Theatre, Saskatoon, SK.
  • June 23, 2013: Co-directed the ensemble with Dr. Darrin Oehlerking, performed at Saskatchewan Jazz Fectival.
_____ Deans trumpet performances with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra for the 2012-2013 season
  • September 23, 2012: Dekker Arts Centre, North Battleford, SK.
  • November 3, 2012: TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK.
  • March 9, 2013: TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK.
  • April 13, 2013: TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK.
  • May 4, 2013: Played principle trumpet, TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK.

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Performed trumpet in McNeill/Braid Jazz Octet
May 24-25, 2013

Performed trumpet in McNeill/Braid Jazz Octet, Yardbird Suite jazz club, Edmonton, Alberta._____

Performed solo trumpet in Rally for 3rd Ave Church
May 9, 2013<

Performed solo trumpet in Rally for 3rd Ave Church, 3rd Ave Church, Saskatoon, SK._____

Artistic Director and first trumpet in Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra
  • December 9, 2012: Duke Ellingtons Nutcracker Suite, 3rd Avenue United Church, Saskatoon, SK.
  • March 17, 2013: Tribute to Frank Sinatra, 3rd Avenue United Church, Saskatoon, SK.
  • June 28, 2013: Art Pepper + 11 featuring PJ Berry, Broadway Theatre, Saskatoon, SK.

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Performed trumpet in Saskatchewan Jazz Festival
April 29-May 2, 2013

Performed trumpet in Saskatchewan Jazz Festival promotional tour ensemble, Wynyard, North Battleford, Rosthern, Sk._____

Performed solo trumpet in 3rd Ave United Church
March 31, 2013

Performed solo trumpet in 3rd Ave United Church Easter Sunday Performance._____

Performed 1st trumpet in Calgary Creative Arts Ensemble
March 20, 2013

Performed 1st trumpet in Calgary Creative Arts Ensemble plays the music of Kenny Wheeler, Central United Church, Calgary, Alberta._____

Performed solo trumpet on Ballad of John Ware
March 15, 2013

Performed solo trumpet on Ballad of John Ware by Elizabeth Raum accompanied by UofS Wind Orchestra, UofS, Saskatoon, Sk._____

Performed 1st trumpet in Calgary Creative Arts Ensemble
January 25, 2013

Performed 1st trumpet in Calgary Creative Arts Ensemble featuring Rutgerís University Professor of Jazz saxophonist Ralf Bowen, National Music Centre, Calgary, Alberta_____

Performed trumpet in McNeill/Shigeta Jazz Quintet
December 8, 2012

Performed trumpet in McNeill/Shigeta Jazz Quintet, Bassment jazz club, Saskatoon, SK._____

Performed trumpet in Elim Tabernacle Church Orchestra
November 30 - December 2, 2012

Performed trumpet in Elim Tabernacle Church Orchestra, Elim Church, Saskatoon, SK._____

Performed trumpet on Last Post
November 8, 2012

Performed trumpet on Last Post, Whitcap Dakota First Nation, SK._____

Performed solo trumpet on Kalla at Western Canadian Music Awards
September 29, 2012

Performed solo trumpet on Kalla at Western Canadian Music Awards Classical Showcase Concert with UofS Wind Orchestra, Knox Metropolitan United Church, Regina, SK._____

Performed solo trumpet on Kalla
September 28, 2012

Performed solo trumpet on Kalla with UofS Wind Orchestra, Quance Theatre, Saskatoon, SK._____

Artistic Director of Saskatoon Community Foundation Mayor's Cultural Gala
September 22, 2012

Artistic Director of Saskatoon Community Foundation Mayor's Cultural Gala finale multi media performance piece featuring award winning Aboriginal Artist Susan Aglukark O.C., Aboriginal fancy dancer, West African dancer, Chinese traditional dancer, children's Chinese dance troupe, East Indian dancer, TCU Place Banquet Hall, Saskatoon, SK. Broadcast of Mayor's Gala on Shaw TV: October 11 (6 PM), October 12 (5 PM), October 14 (8 PM), October 15 (1 PM), 2012._____

Conducted International Camp Faculty Big Band
July 20, 2012 Dean conducted the International Music Camp Faculty Big Band, International Peace Gardens, Dunseith, North Dakota

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Premier of McNeill’s composition for large jazz ensemble Convergence
May 27, 2012

Premier of McNeill’s composition for large jazz ensemble Convergence, performed by the Edmonton Jazz Society’s Little Birds Big Band, Yardbird Suite, Edmonton, Alberta._____

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Past Concerts and Events

Performed trumpet in the Complete Rebirth of the Coolconcerts
  • May 4, 2012:Park Theatre, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • May 5, 2012:The Music Studio, Brandon, Manitoba
  • May 18 & 19, 2012:Yardbird Suite Jazz Club, Edmonton, Alberta
  • June 22, 2012:Bassment Jazz Club, Saskatoon, SK
_____ Directed the International Music Camp Faculty Jazz Ensemble
July 22, 2011

Directed the International Music Camp Faculty Jazz Ensemble, International Peace Gardens, Canada/USA_____

Performed trumpet in the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra for the Fall 2011 - Spring 2012 season
  • September 10, 2011
  • September 24, 2011
  • November 19, 2011
  • December 10, 2011
  • January 21, 2012
  • February 4, 2012
  • March 31, 2012
Performed a solo trumpet recital
November 21-32, 2011

Performed a solo trumpet recital, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta.
Repertoire included: Fanfare from Albason (Gottfried Reiche), Toccata (Giambattista Martini), Caprice No. 24 (Niccolo Paganini), Concerto for Two Trumpets (Antonio Vivaldi), Meditation for Natural Trumpet (Paul Plunket), Kalla (Allan Gilliland), Tenderly (Lawrence and Gross)._____

Performed trumpet and organized the U of S Department of Music's Brass and Woodwind Day's
September 30 - October 1, 2011

Performed trumpet and organized the U of S Department of Music's Brass and Woodwind Day's featuring Canadian French Hornist Indiana University Full Professor Jeff Nelsen. Convocation Hall, Saskatoon, SK._____

Conducted the Fine Arts Research Lecture Series (F.A.R.L.S.)
January 22, 2012
(F.A.R.L.S.). Topic: Conversations with Myself: Solo Trumpet Lecture Recital, Convocation Hall, Saskatoon, SK.
Repertoire included: Fanfare from Albanson (Gottfried Reiche), Caprice No. 24 (Niccolo Paganini), Double Allemande from Partita No. 1 for Unaccompanied Violin (J.S. Bach), Intrada (Otto Ketting), Call (James M. Stephenson), Klaxonik (Christopher Fox), A l'horizon du silence Mov II (Martin Leclerc), Impromptu (Dean Mcneill), Joy Spring (Clifford Brown)._____

R.C.M.P. Memorial Service and Plaque Dedication
October 7, 2011

R.C.M.P. Memorial Service and Plaque Dedication, R.C.M.P. Central District Headquarters, Saskatoon, SK.
Repertoire included: O Canada and The Last Post._____

Organized entertainment for Remi Arts Centre Fabula Gala fundraiser
April 14, 2012

Included McNeill performing with Denzal Sinclaire and Dr. Tommy Banks O.C._____

Soloist with the U of S Wind Orchestra
November 25, 2011

Quance Theatre, Saskatoon, SK.
Repertoire included: Grand Russian Fantasy._____

Musical Director and performed first trumpet in the Metro Jazz Ensemble for the Fall 2011 - Spring 2012 season
  • November 26, 2011: St. Paul's Hospital Fundraiser, Sheraton Hotel, Saskatoon, SK.
  • March 3, 2012: Bassment Jazz Club with guests Bill Proutin and Bobby Klaussen, Saskatoon, SK.
  • June 28, 2012: SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival with Juno award winners Christine Jensen and Ingrid Jensen, Saskatoon, SK.
Performed first trumpet in Elim Tabernacle Orchestra
December 2-6, 2011

Performed first trumpet in Elim Tabernacle Orchestra, Saskatoon, SK._____

Performed first trumpet in the Calgary Creative Arts Ensemble
February 18, 2012

Summit Jazz Series Concert. Performed first trumpet in the Calgary Creative Arts Ensemble, Cantos Music Foundation, Calgary, Alberta. Performance included McNeills pieces Threads, Just Squeeze Me, and Vasquez._____

Performed in the Dean McNeill Trio
February 10, 2012

Featured Dean McNeill, Jon McCaslin, and Carlo Petrovich, Bassment Jazz Club, Saskatoon, SK._____

Performed with Los Angeles based jazz pianist Carol Welsman
March 23, 2012

3rd Ave. United Church, Saskatoon, SK._____

Performed in the Dean McNeill Jazz Septet
March 17, 2012

SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival's media release concert, Odeon Theater, Saskatoon, SK._____

Performed in the Four Trumpets concert
June 9, 2012

Bassment Jazz Club, Saskatoon, SK._____

Performed in the Saskatchewan Brass Quintet
June 15, 2012

For U of S Greystone Circle Donor Recognition function, Convocation Hall, Saskatoon, SK._____

Performed in a brass quintet at the U of S Confucius Centre opening ceremonies
June 18, 2012

Performance included a piece including a brass quintet and traditional Chinese harp that was orchestrated by Dean McNeill. This orchestration included the elision of an excerpt from Howard Cable's Newfoundland Sketches and two traditional Chinese folk songs, Quance Theatre, Saskatoon, SK._____

Performed in Dean McNeill Septet
June 23, 2012

Opening for Wayne Shorter at the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, Broadway Theatre, Saskatoon, SK._____

U of S Jazz Ensemble activities for 2011 - 2012 season
  • CD Review of U of S Jazz Ensemble's Bumper Crop V Water Colors CD. Michael Cain, Canadian Winds periodical Vol. 10, No. 2, P. 43.
  • Fall 2011: Co-commissioned Jeff Presslaff to compose Chorea Latina for wind ensemble and large jazz ensemble in conjunction with U of S Wind Orchestra and Dr. Darrin Oehlerking.
  • October 15, 2011: U of S Wind Orchestra/U of S Jazz Ensemble joint tour fundraiser.
  • October 21, 2011: Two time Juno award winner Jon Ballantyne sits in with U of S Jazz Ensemble, Bassment Jazz Club, Saskatoon, SK.
  • October 27-30, 2011: U of S Wind Orchestra/U of S Jazz Ensemble joint tour. Concerts held in Regina, Estevan, and University of North Dakota. University of North Dakota concert included joint performance by U of S and UND Jazz Ensembles.
  • November 17, 2011: UNIFEST concert with guest drummer Jon McCaslin. Second set included professional jazz quartet with Dean McNeill, Jon McCaslin, and Carlo Petrovich (bass).
  • December 1, 2011: Jazz area term 1 final concert, Quance Theatre, Saskatoon, SK.
  • January 18, 2012: U of S Jazz Ensemble at Louis Pub, U of S Student's Union Building, Saskatoon, SK.
  • February 3, 2012: Joint concert with Wind Orchestra that included Chorea Latina Prefflaff premier, Quance Theatre, Saskatoon, SK.
  • March 3, 2012: Concert with guest artist/saxophonist Bill Proutin, Bassment Jazz Club, Saskatoon, SK.
  • March 17-18, 2012: CD recording session, U of S TV studio, Education Building, Saskatoon, SK.
  • March 24, 2012: Term 2 final concert, Quance Theatre, Saskatoon, SK.
  • May 16 - June 20, 2012: Co-directed the U of S Summer Jazz Ensemble along with Dr. Darrin Oehlerking. This ensemble rehearsed 1.5 hours per week from May 16 - June 20, 2012 inclusive. Performed at the SaskTel Jazz Festival July 1, 2012, Star Phoenix Stage.

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Performed 1st trumpet in the professional touring company/musical Wicked
August 10-21, 2011

Performed 1st trumpet in the professional touring company/musical Wicked, TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK._____

Dean McNeill plays at Beatniq Jazz and Social Club in Calgary, Alberta
January 29, 2011
Dean played at the Beatniq Jazz and Social Club with John Hyde on bass, Jon McCaslin on drums, Jim Head on guitar, and Brad Shigate on trombone. Visit the Beatniq website.

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Dean McNeill plays Jazz and Reflections concert at Mayfair United Church, Saskatoon
January 24, 2011
Dean performed at Mayfair United Church in Saskatoon at the Jazz and Reflections concert. Also playing with Dean were: Billy Prouten (Sax), Dean McNeill (Trumpet), Jon McCaslin (Drums), John Hyde (Bass), Will Bonness (Piano).

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Dean McNeill co-leads the Art Pepper + 11 Tribute Project band
January 22, 25 and 26, 2011
Dean was a co-leader of the Art Pepper + 11 Tribute Project which performed and recorded the music of one of the world's great American jazz saxophonists, Art Pepper. Concert dates included: January 22, 2011, Yardbird Suite, Edmonton, January 25, 2011, U of S Quance Theatre, Saskatoon, January 26, 2011, Brandon University. Click here to visit the CBC Radio 2 Concerts on Demand site and listen to the concert.

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Download the Art Pepper + 11 Tribute Project concert poster

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Dean McNeill directs Metro Jazz Ensemble at St. Paul's Hospital Gala
November 27, 2010
Dean directed the Metro Jazz Ensemble performance at the St. Paul's Hospital Gala held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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Dean McNeill plays with Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra
November 20, 2010 and February 26, 2011
Dean played with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra in November of 2010 and February of 2011. For more details visit the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra website.

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Dean McNeill plays with Order of Canada/Juno Award Winner Canadian Trombonist
November 18, 2010
Dean played with acclaimed Canadian Trombonist Ian McDougall at the University of Saskatchewan UNIFEST/I.P.C.S. concert. For more details visit Ian McDougall's website.

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Download the Ian McDougall concert poster

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Dean McNeill plays in '4 Trumpets' concert at the Bassment jazz club
November 13, 2010
Dean played in the '4 Trumpets' concert at the Saskatoon Jazz Society's Bassment jazz club with trumpeters Barrie Redford, Dave Anderson, Dave Nelson, and Doug Gilmour (Bass), Brett Ballon (Piano) and Don Tachell (Drums). For more details visit the Saskatoon Jazz Society website.

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Dean McNeill conducts U of S High School Select Jazz Program
October 15 to 17, 2010
Dean conducted the University of Saskatchewan's 5th Annual High School Select Jazz Program.

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Dean McNeill presents three lectures at the Alberta Music Conference
October 4 to 6, 2010
Dean's lecture topics included: Trumpet Pedagogy Tips, 21st Century Routiners, The Hidden Message in Many Festival Adjudications. For more details visit the Alberta Band Association website.

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Dean McNeill runs the first ever U of S Kenderdine Campus Jazz Composers Retreat
August 1 to 7, 2010 (Inclusive)
Dean McNeill is hosting a week long jazz composition symposium this summer at the University of Saskatchewan Kenderdine Campus. This symposium is geared towards university level and/or mid-career jazz composers/players (i.e. not novice players nor secondary students). Download the PDF below for more details and to apply.

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Download the Jazz Composers Retreat information and application

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Dean McNeill teaches to International Music Camp
July 19 to 24, 2010
Dean was a trumpet teacher at the International Music Camp, held in July of 2010.

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Dean McNeill Trio plays SaskTel Jazz Festival Free Stage
June 29, 2010
The Dean McNeill Trio featuring Mike Rud (www.mikerud.com) will be playing the SaskTel Jazz Festival Free Stage, in Saskatoon at 8:00 PM.

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Dean McNeill Trio opening for Josh Redman at Jazz Festival
June 28, 2010
The Dean McNeill Trio featuring Mike Rud (www.mikerud.com) is opening for Josh Redman at the SaskTel Jazz Festival (saskjazz.com/joshuaredman), at the Broadway Theatre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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Metro Jazz Ensemble plays the Canadian Architect's Association meeting
June 25, 2010
The Metro Jazz Ensemble will be playing at the Canadian Architect's Association meeting in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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University of Saskatchewan Jazz Ensemble concerts for the 2009-2010 year, as directed by Dean McNeill

  • June 19, 2010: U of S Jazz Ensemble's 5th CD release party, and U of S Jazz Ensemble Alumni Concert, 7:30 PM, Quance Theatre, U of S Education Building, free admission, reception to follow
  • June 28, 2010: U of S Summer Jazz Ensemble concert at Start Phoenix Stage, SaskTel Jazz Festival, Saskatoon, SK, 4-6 PM

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Saskatchewan Brass Quintet plays Handle's Water Music on the Mewassin Queen (river boat)
May 16, 2010
The Saskatchewan Brass Quintet plays Handle's Water Music on the Mewassin Queen (river boat), Saskatoon, SK to commemorate the U of S's new major water research initiative (www.usask.ca/water)

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Dean plays as guest soloist with the New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia
May 3, 2010
Dean McNeill plays 'Kalla' and 'Grand Russian Fantasy' as guest soloist with the New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia (visit www.n-e-w-s.ca for more info).

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Dean adjudicated at the Rocky Mountain Music Festival
April 23, 24, 25, 2010
Dean McNeill adjudicated at the Rocky Mountain Music Festival in Banff, Alberta.

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Dean performed 'Kalla' as part of Sylvia Shadick Taylor "In Concert"
April 9, 2010
Dean McNeill performed 'Kalla' composed by Allan Gilliand (orchestrated for piano and trumpet) as part of the Saskatoon Composers and Performer's Society's presentation of Sylvia Shadick Taylor, "In Concert", Convocation Hall, U of S Campus.

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Dean performed with the Regina Symphony Orchestra
March 13, 2010
Dean McNeill performed second trumpet in the Regina Symphony Orchestra.

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Dean performed with Dave Anderson and Barrie Redford for '3 Trumpets', recorded by CBC Radio
February 27, 2010
Dean McNeill performed along side fellow Saskatchewan-based trumpeters Dave Anderson and Barrie Redford in the Saskatoon Jazz Society's presentation of the '3 trumpets', recorded by CBC Radio Saskatchewan at the Bassment jazz club, Saskatoon.

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Dean McNeill Quartet at Saskatoon Freehouse
February 25, 2010
The Dean McNeill Quartet performed at the Saskatoon Freehouse in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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Dean performs with vocalist Kenny Coleman's big band
February 6, 2010
Dean McNeill performs lead trumpet with vocalist Kenny Coleman's big band in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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Dean is guest artist for University of Lethbridge's Brass Days
January 29, 2010
Dean McNeill is the guest artist for the University of Lethbridge's first "Brass Days" weekend, Lethbdrige, Alberta.

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Dean performed with Nikki Janovsky's Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra Pops Show
January 16, 2010
Dean McNeill performed lead trumpet Nikki Janovsky's Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra Pops Show.

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Dean McNeill Quartet at Saskatoon Freehouse
January 14, 2010
The Dean McNeill Quartet performed at the Saskatoon Freehouse in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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University of Saskatchewan Jazz Ensemble concerts for the 2009-2010 year, as directed by Dean McNeill

  • October 2, 2009: College of Arts and Science U of S Alumni Lunch, TCU Place, Saskatoon
  • October 30, 2009: U of S Jazz Ensemble at the Bassment jazz club, www.saskatoonjazzsociety.com
  • November 4, 2009: U of S St. Thomas More College's Autumn Nocturne Big Band Dance, Sheraton Hotel, Saskatoon
  • November 28, 2009: U of S Jazz Ensemble Semester-End concert, Quance Theatre, UofS Education Building
  • February 5, 2010: U of S Wind Orchestra/UofS Jazz Ensemble joint concert, U of S Education Building
  • March 5, 2010: U of S Jazz Ensemble at the Bassment jazz club, www.saskatoonjazzsociety.com
  • March 27, 2010: U of S Jazz Ensemble Semester-End concert in conjunction with the UofS Trumpet Ensemble, Quance Theatre, UofS Education Building

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Dean McNeill Quartet at Saskatoon Freehouse
November 26, 2009
The Dean McNeill Quartet performed at the Saskatoon Freehouse in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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Concert at Bassment jazz club with Dean McNeill, Campbell Ryga, Don Griffith, Roy Syhiaha, Spencer Rayner
November 21, 2009
Bassment concert featuring Dean McNeill-Trumpet/Flugel, Campbell Ryga-Saxaphone (www.campbellryga.com), Don Griffith-Piano, Roy Sydiaha-Drums, Spencer Rayner-Bass (www.saskatoonjazzsociety.com).

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Dean McNeill performs with the John Reid Jazz Quintet
November 13 & 14, 2009
Dean joins the John Reid Jazz Quintet for a two night Calgary-based performance (details to be announced).

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Dean presents three lectures at the 2009 Saskatchewan Music Conference
November 6 & 7, 2009
Dean McNeill presents three lectures at the 2009 Saskatchewan Music Conference:

  • Jazz 101 Starting and Maintaining a Jazz Component to a School-based music program. Friday, November 6, 2009 at 8:30am at the Regina Travelodge.
  • 21st Century Creativity Routiners for the Instrumental Band Classroom. Friday, November 6, 2009 at 9:45am at the Regina Travelodge.
  • The hidden message within many festival adjudications. Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 1:30pm at the Regina Travelodge.

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Dean McNeill Jazz Quintet with Special guest P.J. Perry at Yardbird Suite, in Edmonton, Alberta
Saturday, October 24, 2009
TICKETS - MEMBERS $16, GUESTS $20, DOORS 8 PM - SHOW 9 PM. Trumpeter/composer Dean McNeill joins forces with Edmonton-based friends and musical collaborators Jim Head, Dan Skakun, and John Taylor to perform original compositions and selected jazz standards. Dean's special guest will be PJ Perry, winner of a 1993 Juno Award for Best Jazz Recording. For more information on PJ Perry visit www.pjperry.com. Ensemble membership: Dean McNeill (trumpet), PJ Perry (saxophone), Jim Head (guitar), John Tylor (bass), Dan Skakun (drums).

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U of S High School Select Jazz Intensive Weekend
October 16 & 17, 2009
University of Saskatchewan High School Select Jazz Intensive Weekend, Quance Theatre, Education Building, U of S.

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Dean McNeill plays in Saskatchewan Jazz Society's '3 Trumpets' show
Fall of 2009
Dean played in the Saskatchewan Jazz Society's '3 Trumpets' show, as recorded by CBC. The show is available on CBC's Concerts on Demand, click here to listen.

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Starry Night Gala at the Adam Ballroom, Delta Bessborough
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Denzal Sinclaire and the Starry Night Quintet. The highlight of our annual Gala will be an after dinner show with Canadian singing sensation Denzal Sinclaire backed by our own Starry Night Quintet with Sheldon Corbett (tenor sax), Dean McNeill (trumpet), Don Griffith (piano), Skip Kutz (bass), and Don Tatchell (drums). After the show, get ready to dance the night away to the sounds of the Don Griffith Orchestra. For more information visit: http://www.saskatoonjazzsociety.com/upcoming_events.html

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Saskatchewan Arts Board Awards Gala Arts Happening
September 9, 2009
Saskatchewan Arts Board Awards Gala Arts Happening: Dean McNeill, U of S Department of Drama faculty member Jim Guedo (click for Jim's bio), and Saskatchewan poet Michael Bradford created a programatic arts happening on creativity that took place as the entertainment piece for the 2009 Saskatchewan Arts Board Arts Awards Gala, TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK.

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Metro Jazz Ensemble performing Music Inspired by Duke Ellington with guest vocalist Rob Young
July 5, 2009
Dean McNeill and the Metro Jazz Ensemble will be playing Music Inspired by Duke Ellington with special guest vocalist Rob Young, July 5, 2009 at the Broadway Theater. For more information visit http://www.saskjazz.com/.

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Dean McNeill Quintet opening for John Abercrombie at SaskTel Jazz Festival
June 26, 2009
John Abercrombie is one of the masters of jazz guitar, with a career spanning more than 40 years. For more information visit http://www.saskjazz.com/ or John Abercrombie's website, www.johnabercrombie.com.

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Dean McNeill will perform as a guest artist with the National Youth Band of Canada
May 9 - 16, 2009
Dean McNeill will be performing a new work (yet to be titled) by Canadian composer Allan Gilliland (visit Allan's website). Dean will perform the new work as a guest artist with the National Youth Band of Canada. Click to visit the National Youth Band website for more details. The National Youth Band of Canada (NYB) is the Canadian Band Association's flagship project. The CBA was formed in 1934 to "promote and develop the musical, educational and cultural values of band music in Canada." In 1978, 1991, and annually since 1994, the National Youth Band of Canada has offered an unparalleled musical opportunity for outstanding Canadian instrumentalists, woodwind, brass and percussion, between the ages of 16 and 21.

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Dean McNeill will be a guest artist with the Edmonton Jazz Orchestra
February 11, 2009
Dean will perform with the Edmonton Jazz Orchestra during the Edmonton Jazz Festival. Dean will be playing music from the Prairie Fire CD, February 11, 2009 at the Yardbird Suite jazz club in Edmonton. Show starts at 7:30 pm. Click here for more information about the Edmonton Jazz Orchestra.

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Dean McNeill adjudicates at the 2009 Jazz Works music festival at the Edmonton Jazz Festival
February 11 - 13, 2009
Dean McNeill will adjudicate at the 2009 Edmonton Jazz Society's "Jazz Works" music festival. Jazz Works is a non-competitive band festival held during the Edmonton Jazz Festival. Click here for more information about Jazz Works.

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Saskatchewan Music Conference Wind Ensemble performs Dean McNeill's arrangement of Kolemenyka Fantasy
November 08, 2008
The Saskatchewan Music Conference Wind Ensemble under the direction of University of Toronto Professor Dr. Gillian McKay will perform McNeill's arrangement of Kolemenyka Fantasy, composed by John Stech.

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Dean McNeill Jazz Quartet performs at CBC Regina Broadcast Centre for CBC 25th Anniversary celebration
October 26, 2008
The Dean McNeill Jazz Quartet will perform at CBC Regina Broadcast Centre for the CBC 25th Anniversary celebration, opening up for Karin Plano. This performance will be broadcast at a latter date on CBC radio (TBA).

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Metro Jazz Ensemble performs with acclaimed Canadian vocalist Carol Welsman
September 27, 2008
Dean McNeill and the Metro Jazz Ensemble will perform at the Bessborough Hotel with acclaimed Canadian vocalist Carol Welsman for the Saskatoon Jazz Society's Gala Fundraiser. For more information visit: http://www.saskatoonjazzsociety.com/

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Metro Jazz Ensemble performs with Calgary-based guest vocalist Robert Young
September 16, 2008
Dean McNeill and the Metro Jazz Ensemble will perform with Calgary-based guest vocalist Robert Young at St. Peter's College in Munster, SK to commemorate the 100th anniversary of St. Peter's College.

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Dean McNeill Jazz Sextet opens for Dave Brubeck
June 29, 2008, at 8:00 PM
The Dean McNeill Jazz Sextet will be performing the opening set for the Dave Brubeck SaskTel Jazz Festival concert at TCU Place. McNeill's ensemble will include Dean McNeill on Trumpet, Mark DeJong on Sax, Barb Hamilton on Trombone, Jeff McLeod on Piano, Mike Noordzy on Bass, and Jerome Jennings on Drums. This concert is presented by the SaskTel Jazz Festival.

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CD Release for Mélange: New Music for Trumpet and Piano
June 24, 2008, from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
The CD release for Dean McNeill's latest recording project will be at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm (no cover charge). Dean will perform some music from the album with Jon Ballantyne (Jazz Piano), and Bonnie Nicholson (Classical Piano).

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Metro Jazz Ensemble at Broadway Theatre, Saskatoon
June 21, 2008, at 7:30 PM
Metro Jazz Ensemble performances at the Broadway Theater (Saskatoon) playing music from Dean McNeill's recently released CD "Prairie Fire". This concert will also feature acclaimed Canadian vocalist Carol Welsman. Click to visit Carol Welsman's website. This concert is presented by the SaskTel Jazz Festival.

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International Trumpet Guild, 33rd Annual Conference
June 02, 2008
Dean McNeill has been invited to lecture at the 33rd annual conference of the International Trumpet Guild. Dean's seminar and performance is happening June 2nd, 2008 at the Banff Centre. The conference is being held in Banff, Alberta. Visit the International Trumpet Guild website to learn more. Or visit the Banff Centre website for the ITG Conference schedule.

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Adjudicating at MusicFest Canada in Ottawa

May 13 - 17, 2008
Dean McNeill will be an adjudicator at the 36th annual edition of MusicFest Canada, held in Ottawa. Visit the MusicFest Canada website for more details.

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Adjudicating at the Nelson Jazz Festival in B.C.
April 25 - 26, 2008
Dean McNeill will be adjudicating at the Nelson Jazz Festival in Nelson, British Columbia on Aril 25 - 26, 2008.

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U of S Jazz Ensemble 'Bumper Crop IV-Perceptions' CD release
March 29, 2008, at 8:00 pm
With the recent closing of the Saskatoon Jazz Society’s jazz club The Bassment, the U of S Jazz Ensemble 1 will perform their semester-end concert on the U of S Campus (College of Education Building Student Lounge, 28 Campus Drive). Repertoire will include works by Kenny Wheeler, Brett Zvacek, Benny Carter, Steve Haines, Frank Foster, Pat Methany/Bob Curnow, and Dean McNeill. For more information visit: http://www.usask.ca/music/ensembles/jazzens.html

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Dean conducts the Saskatoon Symphony
February 09, 2008
Dean McNeill will be conducting the Saskatoon Symphony at the Bessborough Hotel for the SSO's Vienna Ball concert.

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U of S 'In Performance Convo Series' at Convocation Hall
February 03, 2008
Dean McNeill performs
Baroque Trumpet on U of S 'In Performance Convo Series' at Convocation Hall (UofS Campus). Dean will play Vivaldi's 'Concerto for Two Trumpets' on baroque trumpet along with trumpeter Natalie DeJong and pianist Michel Alders. For more information visit: http://www.usask.ca/music/inperformance/inperf.html

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University of Saskatchewan Jazz Ensemble 1 Concerts
February 01, March 29, April 21, 23 of 2008
Dean McNeill will be directing the University of Saskatchewan Jazz Ensemble 1 which will be performing the following concert dates in term two of this academic year:

1. February 01, 2008: Location to be announced.
2. March 29, 2008: Bassment Jazz Club, Saskatoon.
3. April 21 and 23, 2008: Cantando Music Festival, Edmonton, Alberta.

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U of S Murray Adaskin Conference concert, hosted in part by the Saskatoon Composer's Society
December 01, 2007
Dean McNeill will perform
two works for trumpet at the U of S Murray Adaskin Conference concert, hosted in part by the Saskatoon Composer's Society at Grovner United Church, Saskatoon. These pieces are 'Aria for Trumpet' by David Kaplan (with pianist Bonnie Nicholson) and 'Fanfare for Solo Trumpet' by Murray Adaskin.

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Unity Quartet, Jazz Combo playing at Saskatoon Freehouse
Nov 15, 29, Dec 13 (2007), Jan 03, 17, 31 (2008)
Dean McNeill is playing trumpet in the jazz combo 'Unity Quartet', along with Mark DeJong (sax), Soren Nissen (bass), and John Neelin (drums). Unity Quartet will be playing at the Freehouse, a restaurant in Saskatoon located at 608 Spadina Crescent, on the following dates: Nov 15, 29, Dec 13 (2007), Jan 03, 17, 31 (2008). Band starts at 9:00 PM, there is no cover charge. Unity Quartet plays a collection of original compositions and jazz standards.

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University of Saskatchewan Wind Orchestra Concert
November 16 and 23, 2007
Dean McNeill will be playing the first movement of the Hummel 'Concerto for Trumpet' with the University of Saskatchewan Wind Orchestra at the following concerts:

1. November 16, 2007: UNIFEST Concert, Quance Theater, University of Saskatchewan Education Building, 6:30 PM and again (separate concert) at 8:00 PM (same location).

2. November 23, 2007: Wind Orchestra semester-end final concert, Convocation Hall at 7:30 PM.

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Concert for the Western Canadian Music Awards
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Dean McNeill played a classical trumpet/piano concert in Moose Jaw on October 20, 2007 for CBC Radio and as part of the Western Canadian Music Awards. This concert was sponsored by the Canadian Music Centre and will be broadcast on CBC Radio Saskatchewan. The time and date of that broadcast will be announced in the future.

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Prairie Fire CD Launch Reception
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Everyone is invited to a public reception for the Prairie Fire CD launch. Come and meet Dean, pick up a copy of the CD, and mingle!

Where: Mendel Art Gallery and Conservatory
When: Saturday, August 25, 2007 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

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