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    Scott Cohn

    Scott Cohn is currently the first trumpet chair of the SCCB.  He grew up on Long Island where he began playing the trumpet in the 3rd grade.  He was a seemingly permanent fixture in the last seat of the trumpet section all through junior high and his first year of high school before a new band director named John Mangione taught and inspired him.  He rose to the first chair trumpet seat, which he occupied through his senior year and played with the stage band and orchestra for the school’s production of “The King and I”.   He received a top grade in the highest difficulty level of the NYSSMA's annual statewide solo performance festival.

    During and shortly after High School Scott was a member of the Suffolk County All-Star, All-County Jazz Big Band which performed county-wide at all of the parks and beaches during the summer.  He then enrolled at Nassau Community College where he took music classes and joined the jazz ensemble.  During that time he had the opportunity to play with and learn from jazz greats  James Moody and Art Farmer who came to the school to give a clinic.  During that time he did some studio work for a friend’s rock band, which recorded an album.   Later, when the singer/songwriter of that band went solo, he used Scott again on another album.

    Shortly after moving to Connecticut the trumpet slowly found it’s way out of Scott’s life.  Without the contacts he had on Long Island and the pressures on him to build a “normal” career he wound up putting the trumpet away.  It was 10 years later when he found out about the SCCB through a friend.  He joined and quickly found the love of playing and performing again.  He now plays with three bands and occasionally sits in with two others.  “I can’t get enough! The joy of playing and the feeling of being around and inspired by other musicians is something I found I couldn’t live without…and I will never be without it again.”


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