Aged 12, Dean started playing percussion in his hometown Liverpool. He began with his tutor through high school and college, Ben Gray, reaching grade 8 in timpani, tuned percussion and snare drum 2016. The principal of the Liverpool Music Support Service, Louise Hough MBE, noticed Dean and took him into the service. Here he laid the foundations of his musical career, gaining experience in an orchestra, a jazz band and also in his first youth brass band. Since Dean joined the music service, he has managed to play as a member of the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Wrexham Symphony Orchestra; the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain; the City of Birmingham Orchestra Youth Orchestra and successfully gained a place in the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. However he particularly enjoyed playing in brass bands aside from youth ensembles. Louise Hough took Dean in as the percussionist in her brass band, the Formby Band. He spent 4 years with Formby, 2 of which as principal percussion and winning ‘best percussion section’ in the Fourth Section North West Area Contest two years consecutively. After Formby, Dean briefly played with championship section bands Northop Silver and Wingates before making his move to Birmingham. From day one after his move, Dean was keen to be in the brass band world and his ambition led to him trialling for 3 bands within the space of a month. He started playing for Virtuosi GUS in October 2017, two weeks before his first appearance in the prestigious Brass in Concert. Dean loves the challenge that GUS’s repertoire brings, and looks forward to years ahead with the band.