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Dean Olah

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Dean Olah studied trombone and music education under scholarship at the University of Toledo where he completed his BA and course work for a master's degree. A former public school band director, Dean performs with the North Carolina Brass, the Raleigh Jazz Orchestra, the Raleigh Symphony, is employed by BluePhoenix Solutions as a Software Systems Analyst and maintains an extensive low brass teaching studio.

OTJ Reviews


Tipbooks: A Review

By Dean Olah • September 23, 2003
The intended audience for the Tipbook Trumpet & Trombone is students, their parents and amateur musicians. However, there is such vast information and details covered in this slim 132 page book that trombone or trumpet players of any level would enjoy reading it.



Northern Soundings: A Review

By Dean Olah • April 20, 2003
Northern Soundings is a fine recording of both solo and ensemble music for trombone by Canadian composers.



Sunday Drive: A Review

By Dean Olah • April 15, 2002
For fans of both smooth jazz and trombone or for listeners looking for an introduction to this mellow music, this CD is a must.



The American Trombone: A Review

By Dean Olah • January 06, 2002
The charter of his book is to produce a total trombone technique that works equally well in American idioms such as Jazz, Pop and the various Afro-Cuban styles, as well as the more traditional Western European orchestral situations.



Pioneers in Brass CD-ROM: A Review

By Dean Olah • October 24, 2001
Pioneers in Brass, first published in 1965, is a collection of profiles and photographs of the prominent brass players of the early 20th century. Previously released in three print editions, it is now available on a CD-ROM format that includes original recordings.



Bone-Alone: A Review

By Dean Olah • September 20, 2001
Elias Faingersh is obviously a talented and creative trombonist who has explored his own musical personality to produce these compositions. This CD is not the typical recording of mainstream trombone music.



Wondrous Essence, An Amazing Spirit: A Review

By Dean Olah • June 12, 2001
The undertaking of recording a CD of trombone students is a terrific idea that undoubtedly is an invaluable learning experience for all involved. The production responsibilities appear to be handled solely by the students. Projects like this should be part of every major music education curriculum and Mr. Niemisto needs to be commended on his initiative.



Nana: A Review

By Dean Olah • February 18, 2001
Nana, the Spanish word for lullaby, may seem like a misnomer for a CD of a bass trombonist, but with help from a collection of world-class musicians, Ben van Dijk has excelled at presenting his horn as a truly melodic instrument worthy of this title.