Scott is a versatile player, solid band member, and a first call sub performing with many different groups covering many different styles. He is often called upon to play the lead chair in various ensembles as well as participate as a featured soloist with bands across northeast Ohio (both jazz and classical). His sight reading abilities are at the highest of levels and his many musical experiences allow him to enhance his performance with stylistically appropriate nuances. Scott is also an experienced band leader, currently leading Bone-afide, an 8-piece jazz ensemble featuring a front line of 5 trombones backed by a traditional rhythm section.
As an arranger, Scott is often called upon by high school and college marching band directors; he has completed 7 full marching band shows and a handful of stand-alone charts. He has arranged for other ensembles as well, including flute trio, trombone ensembles, saxophone quartet, big band, jazz combo, chorus, and more. Recently, Scott got bit by the composer’s bug, completing two big band charts and a handful of jazz combo charts with many more to come. Finale is Scott’s program of choice for engraving. He has worked as a freelance engraver for eleven years and has his done engraving work for Warner Bros., Hal Leonard, and Oxford.
Having taught privately on and off over the last 20 years and having taught over 55 band camps, Scott is highly experienced in the education field. He has also given clinics to high school and college level audiences on numerous topics including sight reading, Scales – how to really learn them and why, and Rhythm Bank Studies. Scott has also adjudicated high school jazz and show choir festivals, and been a part of pre-contest clinics with all types of ensembles at the high school level. Scott’s ability to conduct any ensemble from elementary school to the professional level, has given him the opportunity to be a guest conductor over the years with several different groups.
Scott studied jazz at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland with Ernie Krivda, Steve Enos, Joe Hunter, and others. He started his undergraduate studies at Ohio University, studying with legendary trombone professor Reginald Fink. After Fink passed away, Scott joined the United States Marine Corps. He was stationed in Kaneohe Bay, Hawai’i with the Marine Forces Pacific Band playing in the ceremonial/marching band, concert band, big band, jazz combo, dixieland band, brass quintet, and show band; he was also the assistant staff arranger for the band. After being honorably discharged from the USMC, he taught high school and middle school band as the Assistant Band Director in the Brooklyn City School District in Brooklyn, Ohio for two years.
In the fall of 2004 Scott, started at Kent State University in order to finish his trombone performance degree. Scott was the principal trombonist in the University’s orchestra, wind ensemble, and top jazz band. He also became the field commander and staff arranger for the marching band, the student leader of the jazz ensembles, and the undergraduate Assistant of Bands. While at KSU, he received the Walter Watson Jazz Award and the Terry Metcalf Outstanding Band Member Award. After completing his degree at KSU, Scott went on to Penn State University to study with esteemed trombonist and professor Mark L. Lusk to pursue his graduate degree. After Penn State, he spent two years performing in Ohio, two years in Illinois as the Music & Media Director at Christian Union Church in Metamora, a year in southeast Iowa playing lead trombone in the Craig-Bullis Big Band, and now has moved back to Ohio to lay down roots and be a part of the ever growing music scene in northeast Ohio.
Currently, Scott lives in Parma with his beautiful wife, Emily; is a member of Ernie Krivda’s Fat Tuesday Big Band, Dan Angotti’s Jazz/Rock Orchestra (Danjo), Ricky Exton’s Octo Jazz, a new brass band out of Kent, and is the leader of Bone-afide.
Scott can be contacted at (330) 217-2234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.