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David Scott

David Scott

Principal Trumpet
EDUCATION University of Iowa, University of Southern California

FUN FACT Started my musical journey playing guitar, but gave it up and put a trumpet to my mouth when I was asked to sing while playing guitar

HOBBIES Yardwork, golfing, boating, grilling and smoking meat and watching college sports


David Scott has been a freelance trumpeter and teacher in the Los Angeles area since 1983. He is Principal Trumpet of the Redlands Symphony Orchestra, the Riverside County Philharmonic and the San Bernardino Symphony. He recently retired after 20 years as Principal and Associate Principal in the New West Symphony.

Scott has recorded four historically authentic albums with the Americus Brass Band; Americus Brass Band recreates the Dodge City Cow-Boy Band, Wild West Music of Buffalo Bill's Cowboy Band and Music of the Civil War (Summit Records) and in 2019 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Pathe recordings a tribute to James Reese Europe’s Harlem Hell Fighters’ Band. Scott’s solo CD, A Mighty Fortress-Dialogues for Trumpet and Organ released in 2019 features the mighty Casavante Organ in the Redlands Memorial Chapel. Scott may also be heard (and seen) on various recordings and films including: "Hidalgo," "Geronimo," "Son of the Morning Star," the Tri-Star motion picture "Glory," the IMAX presentation "The Alamo," and CBS's "Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman." Originally a reenactment band, Americus Brass Band, performs exclusively on period instruments. He has performed authentic solos with the band on both Eb and Bb cornets. Americus Brass Band has recently developed a new Concert/Show entitled Top Brass, which features music of the top Military Bands from Patrick Gilmore to Glenn Miller.

He received degrees from University of Iowa, (BM 1982) and the University of Southern California (MM 1986, DMA 1998). As a soloist he has performed with Redlands Symphony, New West Symphony, Riverside County Philharmonic, UABC Orchestra in Ensenada, Mexico, Redlands Bowl Festival Orchestra and the Ventura Symphony. He has performed recitals throughout the United Stated and in China and Mexico and cornet solos with John Philip Sousa Honor Band, University of Redlands Ensembles and the Americus Brass Band.

His orchestral career began in 1986 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute Orchestra, and since has performed with the LA Phil, Pacific Symphony, Pasadena Pops, California Philharmonic and many others in addition to his regular positions. He has performed under such noted conductors as Andre Previn, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Gilbert Levine, Sir Charles Groves, Marcelo Lehninger, Tomasz Golka, Boris Brott, Jon Robertson, Carl St. Claire, Henry Holt, Stuart Robertson, Frank Fetta, Ransom Wilson, Daniel Lewis and David Miller.

Dr. Scott has toured the world with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Americus Brass Band. Active as a chamber musician, he is the leader of Desert Winds Brass and Brazzmatazz, a brass quintet which entertained audiences at Disneyland (as the Fantasyland Brass) from 1986-1992.In addition to his performance career, Professor Scott has been on the music faculty at the University of Redlands since 1998. He directs the Redlands Trumpet Ensemble, the Studio Big Band and the University Symphonic Band. As a clinician and soloist Dr. Scott has traveled throughout Southern California and internationally in Mexico and China to work with trumpeters, chamber ensembles and bands. The Redlands Trumpet Ensemble has performed at the 2017 and 2018 International Trumpet Guild Conferences.

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