Scott Kinnison @scott-kinnison ?

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Name Scott Kinnison

October 30, 1973

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Biography Scott Kinnison has been a professional drummer for more than two decades, and a sought-after percussion teacher for over 10 years. A skilled performer and master of various genres, Scott has had the great fortune to play with Jazz legends like Clark Terry, Milt Jackson and Al Grey. He’s been named as a finalist in the International Blues Challenge, a head-to-head juried competition of the world’s best unsigned blues acts; performed regularly for professional music theatres including Maine State Music Theatre and Fort Meyer’s Repertory Theatre in Florida; toured the East Coast with rock bands such as Moonboot Lover, Groovechild, Vitamin C, Fly Spinach Fly, Shagg, Neather, and The Kristin Mueller Trio, playing regularly to sold out crowds in some of the biggest East Coast venues. Scott is also an experienced studio player who has worked in studios such as Big Sound and Dizzyland. In addition to being a seasoned performer, Scott also teaches private lessons to students of all ages, and is an active educator at secondary schools across New England where he delivers clinics, workshops, group lessons, and ensemble instruction. Scott is an energetic, passionate instructor who uses creative learning techniques to successfully teach students of all ages. He has helped train children from grade school band up through college. Some of Scott’s former and current students are attending schools such as Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA), Musicians Institute of Technology (Los Angeles, CA), University of Massachusetts at Amherst, University of Massachusetts at Lowell, University of New Hampshire, Keene State College and Plymouth State College. Scott has also worked with countless adult students, ranging from weekend warrior garage band musicians to fellow educators and professional musicians looking to take their craft to the next level. Scott is a versatile freelance performer, available for both live and studio settings. He is a member of the Vic Firth Education Team headed by Neil Larrivee, Dom Famularo and Mark Wessels; and the Hudson Music Integration Program, an interactive, global group comprised of the world’s leading educators.

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Tell us more... Scott Kinnison is a versatile and sought-after studio and live drummer. He has had the great fortune to play with jazz legends like Clark Terry, Milt Jackson and Al Grey; and has toured, performed and recorded with top regional/New England jazz, blues and rock musicians, including Amanda Carr, Andy Voelker, Big Nick, Bill Barnes, Bill Jones, Billy Lee (The Platters), Charlie Jennison, Chuck Gabriel, Dan Lofthouse, Dan Miller, Dan Shure, David Newsam, Fly Spinach Fly, The Freeze Brothers Band, Garth Stevenson, Greg Loughmen, Groovechild, Gus Carlson, Havens Too Murgatroid, Jacques Raymond, Jerry (The Reverend) Paquette, John Daly, John Hunter, John Lorentz, Ken Fitzgerald, Kristin Mueller Trio, Mark Herbert Big Band, Mark Paquin, Mark Shilanski, Matt Langley, Moon Boot Lover, Neather, Nate Wilson, The New Hampshire Jazz Orchestra, Noah Jarrett, Phil Sargent, Ryan Parker, The Seacoast Big Band, Shagg, Steve Burke, Tom Martin, Tony Gallo, Tim Theriault, and Vitamin C. Scott also has significant experience with musical theatre having served as the percussionist for the Fort Myer’s Repertory Theatre, Maine State Music Theatre, Dover Repertory Theatre, and the Hackmatack Playhouse. Born and raised in New Hampshire, Scott began playing the drums at the age of 10. He started his professional career when he was 15, playing for musical theaters and local bands, then went on to study at the University of New Hampshire where he graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in music performance. Scott has studied privately with Fred Buda, Bob Gullotti, Les Harris Jr., Bob Moses, and Nancy Smith; as well as attended clinics and seminars by Louie Bellson, Dennis Chambers, Alan Dawson, Dom Famularo, Vic Firth, Jason Gianni, Tommy Igoe, Arnie Lang, Rod Morgenstein, Peter Retzlaff, and Jeff Salem. Throughout the 1990’s and in the early 2000’s, Scott performed extensively on what was considered the “Jam Band” scene, playing for sold out crowds and packed houses in the hottest clubs from northern Maine to New York City to Pennsylvania. Over time, as Scott continued working on his craft, he began to focus on jazz and blues. While these forms of music offer freedom for spontaneity and improvisation, Scott has always been happy to just lay down a groove. Scott’s style of playing, which combines a strong sense of groove with technical embellishments, enabled Scott to claim a 2004 finalist title in the International Blues Challenge, held in Memphis, Tenn. Scott was also awarded Best New Artist in The Seacoast Music Awards while performing in the rock band “Nether” in 1994. Over the years Scott has performed in musicals such as “Always, ” a tribute to Patsy Cline; “Ain’t Misbehavin, ” the music of Fats Waller; “Company” by Steven Sondheim; “Man of La Mancha”; Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Evita”; “Singing in the Rain”; The Who’s “Tommy”, and countless others, showing his diversity and ability to play stylistically correct regardless of the musical setting. A drummer with mad chops, musical prowess and unparalleled energy, and an all-around nice guy, Scott is available for recording, one-night gigs, tours, and anything in between.
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