© Scott Dawson, http://scottpdawson.com (607) 279-7173, @scottpdawson


I grew up playing the trumpet. Alas, adulthood doesn’t afford me enough time or opportunity to keep my embouchure in good shape, but piano, guitar and singing are keeping me in the musical game. My kids are both really into music, too. My daughter is a pianist (web site, YouTube channel) and percussionist. She teaches piano lessons and accompanies her school choruses. My son also plays piano and saxophone.


I sing with the Trumansburg Community Chorus. They meet for two sessions each year, with a series of concerts at the end of each one. I also have sung on stage as part of shows or musicals, though lately I’ve been getting non-musical parts, too. One of my recent on-stage singing gigs was for Encore Players’ Glory of Love: A Cabaret. Here, you can see me get roughed up a little bit, but also hear me sing Love and Marriage and Mister Cellophane.


I started taking guitar lessons many years ago with Bill Gregg, using a rent-to-own dreadnought-style Yamaha guitar from Hickey’s music. I rented to own, but then it collected dust. I’ve picked it up again, though, having purchased a newer (nicer) Fender. It’s a Tim Armstrong Hellcat, a concert body style acoustic-electric. I love the sound, and I love that I can plug it into our amp here at home and use it along with our mic setup. I also subscribe to Fender Play, which has been a great way to pick up technique and ideas. I’ve started recording some of my favorite songs and putting them in my own YouTube channel.