Dean Hulett comes from a family of musicians and at the age of 8 began playing the double bass. In high school, he performed in the Cleveland Youth Orchestra and the Tri-C All-Star Big Band. He has studied music at both Cuyahoga Community College and, The Ohio State University and as a professional musician, he has recorded and performed with a diverse group of musicians including Mark Lomax, Bobby Floyd, Delfeayo Marsalis, Derek Gardner, Wycliffe Gordon, Azar Lawrence, and others. For over ten years he was a mainstay on the southern California jazz scene and in 2020, moved back to Columbus. Dean has been a member of the Denison Music Department since the fall of 2022.