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Dennis Ullman

Associate Adjudicator

 

Dennis Ullman has worked extensively in the areas of music education and performance for over 30 years.  He has been in frequent demand as a music festival adjudicator at regional and provincial music festivals throughout Canada, Canada’s Wonderland Festival of Music, March of Dimes Canada adjudicator at Rock for Dimes events and affiliate festivals of MusicFest Canada.   Since 2012, he has conducted over 500 clinics/workshops as an adjudicator of concert bands, jazz ensembles, brass, woodwinds and percussion. As guest clinician, he has instructed sessions for regional Honour Band Programs and has conducted performances at various venues throughout North America. 

Mr. Ullman was an inspiring teacher in Ontario’s private school system for over twenty-five years and conducted many award winning bands and ensembles at the Secondary and Elementary School levels.  He has also directed various school ensembles which have performed throughout North America and regularly at MusicFest Canada’s National Festival. 

As a private instructor he has worked with hundreds of students, many of whom have gone on to become major contributors to the music industry in cities such as Nashville, Toronto and Montreal.  Graduates have performed on the David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Shows, at the Air Canada Centre and with artists such as Brad Paisley, Steel Magnolia, Miranda Lambert, Steven Curtis Chapman, Thomas Rhett, and many other shows including Cirque du Soleil.

Mr. Ullman has been featured as a percussionist in a variety of ensembles including theatre orchestra performances such as the Canadian premier of “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline” a musical by Dean Regan.  He has also performed with the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra and the Peterborough Civic Concert Band.  Mr. Ullman has been active with many praise and worship groups.  Recordings include ‘Duke’n It Out” with the Kawartha Jazz Ensemble.  He performs with Eastview, and previously with the Oshawa Civic Band, Geoff Daye and Dave Espeut.

As President of D.R.U.M.S. Inc., he is a member of Canadian Music Festival Adjudicator’s Association, Canadian Band Director’s Association and the Jazz Educators Network.  Mr. Ullman is the founder and Regional Co-ordinator for OCM, an affiliate festival of MusicFest Canada and was a member of Mohawk College’s Applied Music Program Advisory Committee for ten years.   He was responsible for the development of the Praise and Worship component as part of MusicFest Canada as a member of MusicFest Canada’s Choral/Vocal Division Committee.

More information is available at www.drumsinc.ca .