Deb Scott grew up on the flat plains of Lubbock, Texas. With not much else to do but play trombone, she began soloing at an early age. By the time she was in high school, she had performed the Lars-Erik Larsson Concertino with her high school orchestra, performed with professional symphonies, and played regularly in a jazz combo. She graduated with top honors from Texas Tech University and also 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 her doctorate in trombone performance from the University of North Texas. Her primary teachers were Vern Kagarice, Buddy Baker, and Robert Deahl. Devoting her career to teaching, she is currently professor of trombone at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, where she also directs the first jazz band.
Scott has been featured in many recitals and concerts with bands and orchestras in the U.S. as well as the Canadian radio broadcast, Women in Brass. Internationally, she has toured with performing groups in Europe and has been a featured clinician and soloist in Argentina at the Trombonanza conference. 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). Though university teaching is her primary focus, she remains active as a performer and clinician in both classical and jazz styles. Deb is a performing artist for Rath Trombones.
Ron Petti is the director of accompanying at Stephen F. Austin State University where he directs the Master of Music degree in collaborative piano and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. As a collaborative artist, he maintains a demanding concert schedule including serving as pianist in The Alazan Trio, a group specializing in the performance of piano trios by American composers. Petti has performed at the Music Teachers National Association Conventions, National Association of Teachers of Singing Conventions, the Estes Park Chamber Music Festival in Colorado, in several European tours with the SFA A Cappella Choir, and at the NASA Saxophone Conventions. He presented at the Texas Music Teachers Annual Convention and is published in Clavier Companion and Piano Pedagogy Forum.
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