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Professor, Trombone

Director, The Swingin’ Axes Jazz Band

  • D.M.A., Trombone Performance, University of North Texas (2004)
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 a performing artist for Rath Trombones and is active as a performer and clinician in both classical and jazz styles. 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.
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). In 2016, she was a featured soloist and faculty member in Santa Fe, Argentina at Trombonanza. She has been featured in radio broadcasts throughout North America. 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 2010).
Scott 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), as well as the Barnum and Bailey Greatest Show on Earth Circus Band.
Dr. Scott reviews CDs for the International Trombone Association Journal 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 and performer for All-Region jazz ensembles and jazz festivals. 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.
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. 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 Jazz Educators Network, the Texas Jazz Educators Association, and the Texas Music Educators Association.
Other Interesting Things
Deb Scott and her husband, G.W., have two children: a daughter, Rachel; and a son, Jordan. They also enjoy travelling, kayaking, cooking, gardening, and snow skiing.

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