Super-stars, Rascal Flatts, are not only famous throughout the world for their country music, but they are famous for their contributions and support of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville. Recently, film director Glen Sweitzer of Fresh-Film+Design, produced two documentaries for the annual MCJ Children’s Hospital fund raiser. The first film highlighted Rascal Flatts’ contributions to the hospital and their history with this important institution. The film featured the band’s amazing music. The second film was series of video “thank you’s” from the patients, parents, and staff members at the hospital. Scotty is honored that Glenn chose his solo piano piece, “Coming Home”, for the underscore of the film.
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Scotty has recently appeared in several live performances with Grammy Award winning band, The Mavericks, filling in on trumpet. The band’s regular trumpet player unexpectedly left the band to play with The Zack Brown Band, which left The Mav’s in a bit of a predicament. Until they were able to fill the position, they needed to at least get some trumpet players to fill in the remaining dates for 2015.
It’s funny, I heard about Paul [Armstrong] leaving from a Mavericks fan, apparently only a day or two after he quit. I called [drummer] Paul Deakin and asked if he needed anyone to help out. A couple weeks later, there I was back on stage with the boys!”
In 1998, Scotty was hired to lead “The Havana Horns” for The Mav’s as their 1st trumpet player, arranger, and harmony singer. In 2000, the band took a hiatus until 2004. In the meantime, Scotty went on to play with Keith Urban, Jake Owen, and others.
The Mavericks are such a phenomenal band. I’m so happy they are back making music again. And to have the opportunity to play some shows with them is a true honor.
Scotty is scheduled to be back out with The Mavericks in early November. For more information on The Mavericks, including their touring schedule, visit http://www.themavericksband.com.
Since 1998, Scotty has been composing and producing scores for films produced by Weston Woods Studios, a division of Scholastic. These are children’s educational books that are animated into short films. Over the years, Scotty has written the scores to many of these films, and has recently completed his 43rd film for the well known publisher.
Scaredy Squirrel At Night, by Melanie Watts, is one of many Scaredy Squirrel books in its’ series, and the third “Scaredy” film Scotty has worked on.
These are fun stories, full of excitement, and great lessons for the kids. Galen Fott does an amazing job directing these films and we work so well together. Can’t wait for the next one!