Scott Pollard, a native of Raleigh, NC, has held full-time percussion/timpani positions with the Buffalo Philharmonic and the US Air Force Concert Band in Washington, D.C. Currently an active freelance musician throughout the Southeast, Scott performs regularly with the NC Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, and Virginia Symphony, and plays principal percussion/timpani with the NC Opera, Carolina Ballet, and Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. In recent years he's been a featured soloist with the NC Symphony and the Virginia Arts Festival, and in the past performed with the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, Houston Symphony, and Houston Grand Opera. Furthermore, he's been an artist-in-residence at Rice University, Catholic University, University of Maryland, and University of Virginia.
Scott is a founding member of the Attacca Percussion Group, the Virginia Arts Festival Percussion Ensemble, and Col Legno (bassoon/percussion duo). He has participated in hundreds of educational clinics, chamber music recitals, and calypso band performances (he's an avid steel drummer) throughout the country, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and several statewide Days of Percussion. Internationally, he has performed and given masterclasses throughout Europe and South America. He is proud to maintain artist endorsements with the Zildjian Cymbal Company, Vic Firth, Incorporated, and Dynasty Percussion.
For six years, Scott was the percussion director at the NC Governor's School, specializing in avant-garde orchestral/chamber music. He also spent a recent semester as the Interim Professor of Percussion at the University of Georgia. Scott earned his Bachelor's of Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and his Master's of Music from Rice University.