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Dean Woodward Haist, born April 19, 1953, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Mr. Haist can best be described as a musical entrepreneur involved with a variety of musical organization and activities. He received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is presently serving on the faculty of Union College and Nebraska Wesleyan University, both in Lincoln. Mr. Haist is President of Dean Haist Enterprises, Inc., a business that contracts musicians for a variety of musical events, including classical, jazz, rock, country, and commercial. It also includes the American Music Corporation, a recording and publishing company; and the Nebraska Symphony Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Haist is Executive Director, co-founder, and lead trumpet of the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra. He is also the founder and Executive Director of the Nebraska Brass. He serves as the Executive Director of the Lincoln Municipal Band, the Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company, and the Lincoln Civic Orchestra, and is director of the summer Nebraska Jazz Camp held at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln.
Mr. Haist is active in a number of professional organizations, holding membership in the International Trumpet Guild, National Association of Jazz Educators, the Music Educators National Conference and the Lincoln Association of Non-Profit Executives. He is a member of the American Federation of Musicians Local 463, Lincoln, and 70-558, Omaha, Nebraska and has also served on grant application review panels for the Nebraska Arts Council.
Mr. Haist is a busy freelance trumpet soloist and artist. He has been involved with many musical organizations, including the following: Omaha Symphony Orchestra, Lincoln Orchestra Association, Opera/Omaha, Nebraska Brass, Irie Caribbean Jazz, and the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra. He has also worked in radio and television recording.