From a Glassmen press release: Dean Musson has joined the brass staff of the Glassmen for the 2004 season. Most recently the brass caption head and corps director of the Crossmen, Musson has almost 20 years of experience in the drum corps activity. Along with seven years as the brass caption head with the Colts, and five years with Florida Wave, Musson adds his experience as an arranger and program coordinator for Free Spirit, from Warrington, England. His performing resume is also extensive, including opportunities with Busch Gardens, Disney, and many other professional outlets. By mixing his educational activities with his drum corps experience, Musson developed his master's thesis and dissertation on the understanding of high brass sound in an outdoor arena. He also holds a doctorate in music education from the University of Kansas. Although he has a rich and varied history in the drum corps activity, Musson continues to give back to the community as a full-time music educator. After serving 14 years as an award-winning middle and high school band director in Florida, Musson is currently an assistant professor and director of music education at University of Evansville in Evansville, Ind. "I am so excited to finally get Dean Musson involved with our organization," said Brian Hickman, executive director for the Glassmen. "He is truly an educator, and has made such a positive impact on many kids (and adults) throughout this activity. I look forward to the great things he will be doing for the young men and women of the Glassmen." Musson will be joining long-time Glassmen brass staff members Frank Williams (brass caption head), Brad Palmer, Chad Miller, Scott Hamler, Rob Cintron, Mickey Stisher, Mike Lonesky, Jennie Mills, and Chris Allen. New staff members include Dennis Laorenza and Patrick Roszell. Along with last month's announcement of Robert W. Smith as the brass arranger, the Glassmen brass staff is very excited, and geared up for another great season with the corps. Auditions for membership begin this weekend, Nov. 28-30. Visit glassmen.org for more details.
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