Trombone Faculty

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 top jazz band, the Swingin’ Axes. She is a performing artist for Rath Trombones and is active as a performer and clinician in both classical and jazz styles.

Scott’s solo CD, Playing Favorites, was released in 2017 by Navona Records. She has been a featured soloist in many recitals and concerts with bands and orchestras in Texas and has been described as “one of the premiere soloists for her instrument” (Cinemusical 2017).  Most recently, she was part of Christopher Bill’s YouTube sensation featuring 28 trombonists from throughout the world performing Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. In 2016, she was a featured soloist and faculty member in Santa Fe, Argentina at Trombonanza. She is also regularly featured in radio broadcasts throughout North America. At the International Trombone Festival in 2010, 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”.

Dr. Scott joined the administration of the International Trombone Festival in 2019 as the Director of the Composers Workshop. 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. Over twenty 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. She is active as a clinician and performer for All-Region jazz ensembles and jazz festivals. She reviews CDs for the International Trombone Association Journal.

Scott has performed with 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), as well as the Barnum and Bailey Greatest Show on Earth Circus Band.

As a conductor, Scott has directed the Texas All-State Community College Jazz Ensemble at the Texas Music Educators Association Conference and numerous all-region jazz bands.

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.

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 a doctorate in trombone performance from the University of North Texas.

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.


Dr. Seth Vatt

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Dr. Seth T. Vatt is currently in his first year as Adjunct Professor of Low Brass at Stephen F. Austin State University. He also maintains the same position at Richland College, performing and teaching as a freelance bass trombonist and music educator in Dallas, TX. In 2010 he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Trombone Performance while serving as a graduate teaching assistant to Gail Wilson and Ralph Sauer at Arizona State University. His dissertation project,, continues to be one of the most highly trafficked web resources for trombonists around the world.


Upon graduation, he served on the performance faculty at Arizona State University, performing with the Phoenix Symphony, Superstition Jazz Orchestra, and Scottsdale Arts Orchestra. While living in Phoenix he taught music humanities courses at Phoenix College and within the Maricopa Community College System.


Dr. Vatt also holds a Master of Music in Trombone Performance degree from ASU and a Bachelors of Music in Music Education from the University of Kentucky. During his undergraduate studies, he was a founding member of the Momus Trombone Quartet, receiving a prestigious research and creativity grant to fund their album, “The Lexingport Project” and to compete as a finalist in the 2002 ITF Trombone Quartet Competition.


Other performance credits include the DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra, Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra, Superstition Jazz Orchestra, Mesa Symphony, Tucson Symphony, New England Brass Band, Arizona Musicfest, Phoenix Theater, Texas Music Festival, and Victory Brass Quintet.


Seth also maintains an active low brass studio in the Allen, McKinney, and Lovejoy school districts, mentoring over 30 students ranging from 6th grade to college level.


In 2015 he launched an ongoing series of orchestral excerpt books entitled “The Perceptive Trombonist: An Annotated Listening Guide To Orchestral Excerpts.” Its’ review in the International Trombone Association Journal states that “at this level of detail, it appears Seth Vatt has set out for himself a lifetime of work that, if completed, will not likely be rivaled in the pedagogy of trombone orchestral excerpts.”


An active arranger, his music can be found published with Kagarice Brass Editions and Momus Music Editions. His teachers include Ralph Sauer, Sam Pilafian, Dale Warren, Scott Hartman, and Gail Eugene Wilson.


In addition to being a Star Wars junkie, Seth enjoys reading comic books and smoking BBQ in his backyard.