Scott Higbee has been a school music educator in the Puget Sound region for over 20 years. A Seattle native, he received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from St. Olaf College and a Master of Music in brass performance from the University of Washington. Conducting mentors include Miles H. Johnson, Steven Amundsen, Timothy Salzman, and Peter Erös. He has studied trombone with Stuart Dempster, Paul Niemisto and Currie Morrison, and is one of the assisting trombonists on Dempster’s album Underground Overlays from the Cistern Chapel, recorded at Fort Worden State Park near Port Townsend, Washington. He has been privileged to perform in ensembles in support of pianist Leon Fleisher, cellist Joshua Roman and Tonight Show drummer Ed Shaughnessy.
Scott has conducted across the United States, in Europe and in China. For three years he was on Dr. Brad McDavid’s conducting staff of the Husky Marching Band at the University of Washington, which included participating in the Rose Bowl game, the NCAA Basketball Tournament, and the band’s trip to Beijing and Shanghai. He is also a contributing author to the wind repertoire book series, A Composer’s Insight: Thoughts, Analysis and Commentary on Contemporary Masterpieces for Wind Band, providing the chapter on Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Joseph Schwantner. Musical theater shows he has conducted include The Sound of Music, The Music Man, and Fiddler on the Roof.
Scott continues to play trombone in the Seattle area. He is prinicipal trombonist of the Edmonds-based Cascade Symphony Orchestra, and freelances around the area for churches, musical theater, and community choirs. With Cascade Symphony he was a part of the PBS television program Rick Steves’ Europe: A Romantic Journey.
As an educator, Scott’s goal is to develop student musicians who will be life-long instrumentalists, whether it be in community ensembles, church music, professionally, or just jammin’ in a garage.