After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Dennis Wilson began his professional career with Lionel Hampton as trombonist, arranger, and musical director. He has been a lead/solo trombonist for the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, The New Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and for ten years with Mr. William James Count Basie and his Orchestra.
He received a Grammy Award nomination for arrangements created for Manhattan Transfer. He has performed on over six Grammy Winning Albums with the Count Basie Orchestra. His experience includes work with many jazz greats including Sarah Vaughn, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Clark Terry, and Joe Williams.
A subject of biographical reference in both Who's Who in Education and Who's Who in Entertainment, Mr. Wilson is presently the Music Production Manager for the Count Basie Orchestra. His primary task there is the development of jazz education opportunities for the Basie Orchestra. Mr. Wilson's educational involvements include being a member of the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE). He initially served IAJE as a member of the Presidents Advisory Board and the Planning and Development Committee. He currently is a member of the IAJE Resource Team. Wilson joined the music faculty at Kansas State University as Director of Jazz Studies in 1994 and was appointed to the position of Assistant Dean for the Kansas State University College of Arts and Sciences in 1998.