Scott’s Bio

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As a respected musician in BC, Scott not only leads his own bands, he is an active drummer, drum teacher and clinician.

BAND LEADER

Scott fronts his own “Scott Robertson Trio” and “Swing Patrol” with many variations, playing hotel conventions, corporate and special events, dances, banquets, weddings, et cetera. He has released the CDs – Swing Patrol and no expiry date.

PERFORMER

Scott is an active working band leader, drummer, drum teacher and clinician. Scott fronts Swing Patrol and The Scott Robertson Trio, playing conventions at many of Vancouver and Whistler’s hotels, corporate and special events, dances, and weddings. His bands have made many appearances at the Maple Ridge Jazz and Blues Festival, the Pender Harbour Jazz Festival, the Langley Jazz Festival, Vernon Jazz Club, the White Rock Trad Jazz Society, Fat City Swing and TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.  

Scott has released two CDs-  Swing Patrol and no expiry date. Both CDs can be  downloaded from iTunes.

   Dennis Mersmann at MuzikReviews.com gives the CD Swing Patrol four stars out of five: “Swing Patrol is an exceptional album.” …” “Each track deserves to be listened to once for every musician playing to fully appreciate what each is doing.”…”There is not one song here that isn’t worth listening to…”

   Jeff Parker at Swingmusic.net calls it “Exceptional work!”

Aside from being a band leader, Scott was the regular drummer for the 17-piece Preservation of Swing Orchestra. He has worked for Dal Richards, Gabriel Mark Hasselbach,  Ron Thompson, Tom Arntzen, The Arntzen’s “Three Generations of Jazz” and many others. He plays regularly for the White Rock Traditional Jazz Society and Suburban Swing. 

DRUM INSTRUCTOR

As a Drum Instructor since 1975, Scott has trained all levels of drummers from various musical backgrounds. Beginners get a strong foundation in reading (for both snare drum and drum set), develop effective practice habits and learn a variety of musical styles as applied to the music business. Advanced students come to improve their technical skills and to broaden their musical scope. High school students are encouraged to bring band music to lessons for extra help. Scott is currently teaching privately throughout the Lower Mainland
From September 2000 until June 2009, Scott worked as Head Drum Instructor for Tom Lee Music. Accomplishments here include establishing a drum lesson curriculum for all teachers. Duties include: recruit new teachers, evaluate applicants for position of drum teacher , monitor quality standards, & maintain a consistent educational mandate.
Scott has also taught a Drum Camp – beginner group lessons for ages 8 – 16. as a Langley Parks n Recreation program.

SEMINAR LEADER

Scott has conducted drum workshops for schools in Vancouver, Surrey, Langley & Campbell River, for teachers at the BC Music Educators Conference and for the Summer Pop Youth Orchestra. He regularly conducts drum corps workshops for pipe bands in Canada & the USA including: BC, Alberta, Yukon, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Iowa, Colorado, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and Utah.

DRUM CORPS LEADER

Scott is currently instructing youth side drummers of the RMM Pipe Band. He has instructed and led pipe band drum corps including organizing and training bands for recording and competing in North America and Britain. Drum Corps taught include: Triumph Street Pipe Band, Vancouver Ladies Pipe Band (1980 World Champions), Delta Police Pipe Band, Seaforth Highlanders. Drum Corps that he has played in include TSPB (1979 World Champions) 1974 – 1991 and the Abbotsford Police Pipe Band.

DRUM CORPS JUDGE

Scott is an official Drumming and Ensemble (A) Judge of the BC Pipers Association. He frequently judges at highland games in Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. His judging experience includes adjudicating solo snare & tenor completions as well as drum corps, from Grade 5 through Professional classes

MARTIAL ARTS EXPERIENCE

In May 2014, Scott was promoted to 5th Dan by Grand Master Daniel Witt at Pacific Coast Taekwondo. His 5th Dan is certified by the Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters). In February 2008, Scott tested and was awarded a 1st degree black belt in Hapkido from the American Hapkido Heuk Choo Kwan Association with Grand Master Suggs presiding. Scott also has studied Kung Fu & Kickboxing under Sifu Bruce Currie for two years. Scott currently trains at Pacific Coast Taekwondo and participates as an instructor there as well. Scott has also taught Beginner Taekwondo at various Langley Recreation Centers.

EDUCATION

Scott’s first drum teacher was Don Bellamy, followed by pipe band drummers Jack Gallaher and Willie McErlean. His first lessons on drum set were with Micky Earnshaw before going to Vancouver Community College to study jazz and commercial music.
Studied Privately with Ken Moore, Al Wiertz, Jim Chapin(NYC), Dom Famularo(NYC)

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