Dr. Deb Scott
Dr. Deb Scott is the professor of trombone and bass trombone at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. She is also the director of SFA’s first jazz band, The Swingin’ Axes. She is active as a performer and clinician in both classical and jazz styles. Dr. Scott is a performing artist for Rath Trombones. She graduated with top honors from Texas Tech University and received the top award for her master’s degree at the University of Northern Colorado. She went on to be the first woman to complete the doctorate in trombone performance from the University of North Texas. Her primary teachers were Vern Kagarice, Buddy Baker, and Robert Deahl.
In 2018, Scott performed in a viral YouTube video of 28 prominent trombonists from throughout the world performing Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. It has received 2 million views. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-m8MqIS6VEU
Scott has also been a featured soloist in many recitals and concerts with bands and orchestras in Texas. She has toured with performing groups in Europe. In 2016, she was a featured soloist and faculty member in Santa Fe, Argentina at Trombonanza. She has also been featured in the Canadian radio broadcast, Women in Brass. At the International Trombone Association Convention, she and the SFA trombone choir were described as playing a “fantastic performance…of some of the most challenging works in the trombone choir repertoire” (ITA Journal). Navona Records will release Scott’s first solo CD, Playing Favorites, in early 2017.
She has performed regularly with many symphonies including the Shreveport Symphony, Shreveport Opera, Longview Symphony, the Twentieth Century Unlimited Orchestra in Santa Fe, the New Mexico Music Festival Orchestra in Taos, the Orchestra of the Pines, the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra (Texas), the Greeley Philharmonic (Colorado), and the Barnum and Bailey Greatest Show on Earth Circus Band.
Dr. Scott reviews CDs for the International Trombone Association Journal and contributes pedagogical information to the Texas School Music Project. For a dozen years, she reviewed solos for the U.I.L. prescribed music list for trombone and bass trombone in the state of Texas. She is active as a clinician for All-Region jazz ensembles and jazz festivals. Over fifteen jazz etudes composed by Dr. Scott have been accepted as audition material for the Texas All-State jazz trombone and bass trombone auditions; she has also selected all-state band audition material for trombone.
As a conductor, Dr. Scott has directed the Texas All-State Community College Jazz Ensemble at the Texas Music Educators Association Conference and numerous all-region jazz bands. SFA’s Trombone Choir under her direction has been featured at the International Trombone Festival and the Texas Music Educators Association Convention.
As a jazz artist, Dr. Scott performed frequently in the Houston area as the lead trombonist for the Ronnie Renfrow Big Band where she also free-lanced often. She has performed with such artists as J.J. Johnson, Louis Bellson, Diane Reeves, Frank Mantooth, Phil Woods, Lee Greenwood, the Mills Brothers, and the Ink Spots.
Interests, Activities & Plans
Deb Scott is a member of the International Trombone Association, the Texas Jazz Educators Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Tau Beta Sigma.
Other Interesting Things
Deb Scott and her husband, G.W., have two children: a daughter, Rachel; and a son, Jordan. They also enjoy traveling, kayaking, cooking, gardening, and snow skiing.
Danny Chapa recently finished his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of North Texas degree under the instruction of Dr. Brian Bowman. He received his Bachelor of Music in Music Performance from Louisiana State University in 2008, and in 2010 he received his Masters of Music in Euphonium Performance degree from UNT. Dr. Chapa currently severs as the adjunct professor of low brass at Stephen F. Austin State University and is also a member of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, principal trombonist of the Odysseus Chamber Orchestra, a member of the Founders Tuba Euphonium Quartet and the North Texas Euphonium Quartet which frequently preforms guest artists recitals throughout the country.
He has won various solo competitions, mock auditions, and has been featured as a guest artist at Baylor University, Oklahoma State University, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Sam Houston State University, Eastman School of Music, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois Wesleyan University, Texas Tech University, University of Northern Iowa, University of Texas Rio Grand Valley, Henderson State University, University of Memphis, Texas Music Educators Association Convention, as well as the Great Plains, Midwest, South Central and South East Regional Tuba Conferences and several of the International Tuba Euphonium Conferences. He was also runner-up for the most recent United States Air Force Band audition and advanced to the final round of the Army “Pershing’s Own”, West Point, Navy and Naval Academy Band premier band auditions.
As an educator, Dr. Chapa has had students win jobs with the 145th Army National Guard Band of Oklahoma and the 531st Air National Guard Band of the Southwest. His students have also won competitions such as the Young Artist Solo Competition at the Great Plains Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference and several of his students advanced to the semi-finals of the prestigious Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival.