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SCHOOL OF MUSIC - BRASS

Scott Strecker

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Applied Instructor
Jazz Trumpet, Jazz Trombone

 

Education:  Scott B. Strecker was born in Russell, Kansas and started playing trumpet at age six.  He was playing professionally in local polka/country bands by age thirteen.  He graduated with a bachelor's degree in trumpet performance from Wichita State University in 1986.

Early Career and Air Force Service:  Scott performed on a major cruise line before going on the road with Al Pierson and his Big Band USA, which traveled throughout the Midwest.  In 1988, he joined the United States Air Force Band where he was stationed at Maxwell AF in Montgomery, Alabama and March AFB in Riverside, California.  While in the Air Force, Scott performed as lead trumpet and featured soloist in various groups that performed for such events as the Dedication/Anniversary of Mount Rushmore, the Reagan Library Dedication, and former president Richard Nixon’s funeral.

Scott performed on six different Air Force recordings, including a compact disc featuring Grammy Award winning artist Arturo Sandoval.  In September of 1993, Scott separated from the Air Force and has enjoyed an active career as a freelance musician since that time.

Recordings:  In the spring of 2007 the movie Player 51/50 was released.  Scott plays lead on three of the tracks chosen for this movie.  Scott plays on Nick d’Egidio’s recently released Only in Hollywood CD.  Scott recorded the trumpet parts for the Lou Rawl’s Christmas CD.  Scott plays lead trumpet on the track “Almost Like Being In Love”, featured in the sound track and in the Oscar-nominated movie The Cooler. Scott has also played film cues for the movie Blowfish.  He plays on a track in the movie Hundred Mile Rule and on the compact disc World of Happiness, featuring Debra Harry, Lou Rawls, Isaac Hayes and many others.  He can also be heard on the compilation CD Next Generation Swing Vol. 2.

Steady Work in L.A.:  Scott performed with the Disneyland Fanfare Trumpet Ensemble and the Jump Jive and Swing Band at Disneyland.  Scott was selected to lead and perform with Universal Brass, and the Sting Swing Band at Universal Studios Hollywood from 1997 through 2005.  Scott has enjoyed an active career as a free-lance musician in the L.A. area for fifteen years, playing steadily with several different bands.

Celebrities Backed:  Recently, Scott has played with groups opening for Jay Leno, Bill Engvall (of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour), and David Spade.  He has also performed with such acts as Keely Smith, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Barry Manilow, Toni Tennille, Nancy Wilson, Mary Wilson, Connie Francis, Joe Montegna, Jack Jones, Rosemary Clooney, Fred Travelino, Steve Allen, The Andrew Sisters, The Inkspots, The Temptations, Peter Marshall, The Modernaires Vocal Group, Barnum and Bailey Circus, Frankie Randall's "Sinatra's My Way" show, Conti Candoli from the Tonight Show, Barbra Lynn of Lawrence Welk fame, and Adrienne Barbeau.

Hollywood Sideline Work:  Scott worked as a sideline musician on The Pauley Shore Show; three episodes of the television show Ally McBeal, including an episode featuring Josh Groban and KC and the Sunshine Band; as well as the major motion pictures In the Line of Fire, starring Clint Eastwood; Entertaining Angels:  The Dorothy Day Story; That Thing You Do, written/directed/starring Tom Hanks; Player 51/50, and Walt Disney's Fantasia 2000. 

Celebrities Entertained:  He has performed for celebrities such as George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, Prince Andrew (the Duke of York), Bob Hope, Jimmy Stewart, Charlton Hesston, Jack Lemmon, Robert Wagner, Sally Struthers, John Glenn, Buzz Aldrin, Tom Arnold, and Barbara Eden.


Perfomance Locales:  Throughout his career Scott has performed all over the United States.  In addition, he has played in such places as Mexico, Guam, Canada, France, Portugal, Spain, Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand. 


Current Work:  Scott stays busy touring with two different shows which pay tribute to the Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr.)—he is the musical director and conductor for one of these shows-- as well playing with Mark Wood’s Parrot Head band.

 

Office: B216, Duerksen Fine Arts Center
Email: scott.strecker@wichita.edu
Phone: 316.978.6867