Norman Dea is in his 32nd year of teaching in the Acalanes Union High School District, and his seventh year as the Director of Instrumental Music at Acalanes High School in Lafayette. Prior to this appointment, he served in a similar capacity for twenty-five years at Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek. His performing groups have appeared as showcase ensembles at the California Band Directors Association (CBDA) All-State Convention and the CMEA State Conference.
Along with his teaching duties, he maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and consultant in California. He has been a conductor of honor bands including the NMEA Nevada All-State Middle School Honor Band, CBDA California All-State Junior High Honor Band, NCBA All-Northern California Junior High Honor Band, CMEA Central Coast Section, CMEA Bay Section, CMEA Northern Section (twice), Tulare-Kings Counties, Fresno-Madera Counties, Marin County, San Luis Obispo County, Sonoma County, Stanislaus County, San Francisco Unified School District, and the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. He has conducted summer bands at Cazadero Music Camp, Donner Mine Music Camp, Hayward-La Honda Music Camp, and at the Alpine School District Summer Advanced Band Camp in American Fork, Utah.
Mr. Dea has been recognized and honored many times for his contributions to the music education community nationally, statewide and locally. In 2014, he received the CMEA President’s Award (Honoring Extraordinary Accomplishments in Music Education); in 2011, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the California Band Directors Association; in 2010, he was honored by SBO Magazine in their 13th Annual “50 Directors Who Make A Difference” in the United States (one per state); in 2008, he received the prestigious Bandworld Legion of Honor Award from the John Philip Sousa Foundation at the Midwest Clinic; in 2005, he received the CMEA Bay Section Outstanding Music Educator of the Year Award; in 2004, he received the CMEA State Outstanding Band Educator of the Year Award; in 2003, he was honored as the Acalanes Union High School District Teacher of the Year; in 2001, he received the Outstanding Teacher Award from Prudential California Realty’s Education Foundation; in 1995, he received the Distinguished Music Educators Award from the Diablo Symphony Association; in 1988, he received the Gilbert T. Freitas Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music Education. He is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Education.
A tireless advocate of music education in our schools, Mr. Dea currently serves as the President of CBDA-The California Band Directors Association. He has served with distinction as President of CMEA-The California Music Educators Association, and is a Past President of CMEA Bay Section. He has also served as the Treasurer for CBDA that administers and implements the nationally renowned California All-State Honor Bands. He has been a presenter at various conferences, including the CBDA All-State Convention, CMEA State Conference, CMEA Bay Section Winter Conference, CMEA Central Section Fall Conference, and most recently at the Hawaii Music Educators Association (HMEA) State Conference at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is the Co-Founder of the Contra Costa County High School Honor Band, and serves on the Advisory Board for Cazadero Music Camp.
Mr. Dea holds professional memberships with CMEA-The California Music Educators Association, NAfME-The National Association for Music Education, California Band Directors Association (CBDA), California Orchestra Directors Association (CODA), Southern California Band & Orchestra Association (SCSBOA), TBA-Texas Bandmasters Association, WASBE-The World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and is a professional associate member of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA).
Mr. Dea is a proud 1981 graduate of San Francisco State University. Among the teachers who influenced his career include Robert Greenwood of Tamalpais High School and Joe Anguilo of Mill Valley Middle School in Mill Valley; George Carter of Marina Junior High School in San Francisco; Dr. Edwin Kruth, Dr. Byron McGilvray, Dr. Roger Nixon, and Dr. Carolyn Lindeman of San Francisco State University; A. David Krehbiel and Floyd Cooley of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra; and Wilbur Sudmeier of the Marin Symphony Orchestra. He considers it a privilege and an honor to work at Acalanes High School and with the wonderful music students and parents in our supportive community.