Dean Ellis


Conductor, Educator, Musician


  • My article "Honest Answers" was recently published in the September issue of The Instrumentalist.  I am happy to announce that the North Dakota Music Educators Association have requested re-print rights for the article in their next state journal!

  • I am regularly taken aback with the extreme talent that I am surrounded both at my job and in my program at UNLV.  One of these people is the composer/arranger Anthony LaBounty.  He recently arranged "Sweet Georgia Brown" for wind band and solo tuba, and I was extremely fortunate to be asked to be the soloist for the recording for Alfred publishing.  The link below is the recording that will be the reference recording for the arrangement.

Sweet Georgian Brown for Wind Band and Tuba - LaBounty arr. Dean Snavely solo tuba
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"If we had a high school jazz band like this when I was a kid, I would..... probably be doing the same thing I am now!  But MAN, that band was swinging!!"

Francisco Torres, Trombone - Gordon Goodwin Phat Band, Musical Director for Pancho Sanchez

"Thank you for your excellent work with my band.  They really enjoyed your approach and the constructive criticism."

Randy Hubbs, Director of Jazz, Columbia Basin College

"Thanks again for all the work you did on this project.    The piece doesn't exist unless dedicated players and conductors bring it to life"

Timothy Broege, Composer

"Thank you Dean for helping promote my book and telling the story of our fight for the cause!  "Big Prez" is looking out for you!"

Clark Terry, Jazz Trumpeter

© 2013 - Times-a-wastin' publishing.   Photography Katherine Chavez -

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