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Scott earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Columbus State University, studying with Dr. Andrew Galos of the NBC Symphony. He continued his formal studies at Georgia State University, earning a Master of Music Education with a concentration in Conducting.
As a performer and conductor, Mr. Hammond has played with the Columbus, Macon, Chattanooga and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras. He has served as Music Director for the Northeast Georgia Symphony Orchestra for four years and served as an instructor at Piedmont College during that tenure.
As an educator, he taught in public schools for twenty-six years in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties in Georgia. His orchestras have continuously earned Superior ratings at Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) festivals and adjudications. In 1989, he began the orchestra at the Performing Arts School in DeKalb while serving as Co-Music Director of the DeKalb Youth Symphony. While in DeKalb, he earned the Star Teacher Award, Meritorious Service and Leadership in Education awards, and helped develop curriculum advances. He has also served as Chairman of Orchestra Division for GMEA and presented classes and workshops at the annual In-Service Conference. In 1996 he moved to Gwinnett County Schools where he began the string program at Dacula High School and co-directed the Kendall Honor Orchestra. His groups have traveled throughout the eastern and southern United States, earning honors and accolades for their advanced musical training and performances. Highlights include representing Georgia at the D-Day anniversary in Washington, DC, performances at the All-South Orchestra Conference, and he was nominated as Disney Teacher of the Year in 2003.
Mr. Hammond is a sought-after adjudicator and clinician for numerous groups throughout the region, conducting five to eight workshops each year. His work includes All-State presentations in Alabama and Mississippi and numerous guest conducting posts with orchestras in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee.
He is currently retired from public school teaching, focusing on teaching his private studio lessons, adjudicating, conducting workshop presentations and performing with various church and chamber ensembles in the Atlanta area. He is currently working on composing for young orchestras as well as writing articles and a book for future publication.
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