Levels taught:Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
About Scott P.
Scott Parrish is a saxophone player, woodwind doubler, composer and arranger residing near Raleigh, North Carolina. He also offers lessons to a limited number of dedicated students.
After working as a member of the 296th US Army Band and Pacific Army Blues, Scott attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. As a Saxophone Performance major, he studied with Joe Viola and Jimmy Mosher. Also Scott studied clarinet with Andre Lizotte and flute with Matt Marvuglio of the Boston Ballet Orchestra. While in school he was a member of the Dues Band directed by Phil Wilson, and big bands led by Herb Pomeroy.
Scott was also Tenor and Baritone Saxophone player with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra led by Buddy Morrow before moving to North Carolina to begin a freelance career.
He has appeared with the following artists: Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Natalie Cole, Johnny Mathis, The Manhattan Transfer, Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson, , Michael Feinstein, Clark Terry, Ben Folds, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Spinners, Martha Reeves, Lou Rawls, Roy Clark, Kenny Rogers, Bernadette Peters, Terrence Mann, Patti LuPone, Idina Menzel, Jennifer Holliday, Lauren Kennedy, Clay Aiken, Randy Newman and many others.
Scott continues to work as a woodwind specialist in the pit orchestras for traveling Broadway cast productions. Past credits include West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Hello Dolly, White Christmas, Annie, The Drowsy Chaperone, Will Rogers Follies, How to Succeed in Business, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Guys and Dolls and several others.
He is also a regular performer during Pops seasons for The North Carolina Symphony and The Charlotte Symphony.
Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Teaches students 9 and up
Teaching since 1990
My approach to teaching is to use the student’s interests and passions to help their learning move forward quickly. We first talk about what excites the student. The student and I list long-term and short-term goals that are realistic and reachable. I then create a course of study that supports these goals. During lessons we review these goals and track progress. We create new objectives as students reach old ones. Engaged, energized students progress quickly. Students who are having fun tend to practice more. I encourage students to include fun tasks in their regular practice time. We reinforce this by including fun musical exercises in lessons. They do call it playing an instrument, after all! “Mr. Parrish is an excellent instructor. Besides his extraordinary musical talent, he’s got an excellent way of relating to young people and engaging them in the wonder of music. If your student is looking for an instructor, our family highly recommends him!” – M. Carlson, Parent This past year I had students earn placement in All-District Middle School Band, All-District High School Band, All District Middle School Jazz Band, All-District High School Jazz Band, All-State Honors Band and All-State Honors Jazz Band. I also taught Master Classes at Durham School of the Arts focusing on contemporary music and ensemble coaching. Here are some of the areas of study I currently provide: Performance Fundamentals: technique and repertoire, Classical to Post-BeBop Jazz Contest Preparation: Solo and Ensemble, District and State Honors Bands, College Auditions Contemporary Music Theory: from scale construction through complex harmonic concepts Composition and Arranging: Understanding melody and harmony, counterpoint, arranging for the small and large ensemble Jazz Improvisation: beginning to advanced concepts and techniques Ensemble Coaching: chamber groups, jazz and rock music groups
Berklee College of Music
Fluent / Native Proficiency