Dean Koba is native of Honolulu, Hawaii. He has performed with numerous jazz greats some of which include Benny Bailey, Jeff Berlin, Bud Shank, Jeff Clayton, John Clayton, Bill Cunliffe, Dee Daniels, Walter Norris, Bob Sheppard, Gary Foster, Fareed Haque, Makoto Ozone, Roberta Gamborini, Jackie Ryan, Larry Fuller, and Tamir Hendelman. His tours have taken him all around the United States as well as Europe. He is featured on several recordings with bassist Christoph Luty, Tamir Hendelman, the Acoustic Jazz Quartet, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Bayou Brass Band, Brent Jenson and the Greg Reitan trio.
Dean studied music at Northwestern University (BA) and USC School of Music (MM). He also studied privately with Jeff Hamilton (Ray Brown, Oscar Peterson, Diana Krall), Joe Labarbera (Bill Evans, Tony Bennett), and Greg Field (Count Basie Orchestra, Frank Sinatra). Dean currently resides in Cerritos, California and freelances in the greater Los Angeles area. He is also the jazz drumset instructor at Long Beach City College, Mount San Antonio College, and El Camino College. Dean performs weekly at Disneyland with the Royal Street Bachelors and the Jambalaya Jazz Band.
Dean Koba plays Aquarian Drum Heads, Bosphorus Cymbals, Gretsch drums, Gibraltar Hardware and Innovative sticks.