Bobby Scann was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He started trombone and euphonium in high school. In his last year he won a scholarship to play with the prestigious Valley Forge Military Academy Band on those two instruments. After graduation and an Associates Degree, he transferred to Temple University in Philadelphia to pursue a degree in music. His teachers there were Keith Brown, Henry C Smith and Dr. Donald S Reinhardt for classical studies and Adolph Sandole and Roger DeLillo (Mike Douglas Show) for jazz studies. During his last year Bobbby. Scann auditioned for The United States Army Band (Pershing’s Own) in Washington, DC and was accepted as a trombonist in the Ceremonial Band, The Herald Horns and the Army Blues Stage Band. He also finished his Masters Degree in Music on trombone with Dr. John Marcellus at The Catholic University Of America.
In 1974 he moved to New York City to be a freelance trombonist. He played with various road bands such as The Warren Covington Big Band, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Ray Eberly and The Modernairs, The Larry Elgart Band and the New York Neophonic Orchestra to name a few. He studied with Jimmy Knepper, the great jazz trombonist as well as Carmine Caruso the chop master.
In 1976 Mr. Scann moved out West to Las Vegas, Nevada where he lives today and freelances as a trombonist and euphoniumist , arranger, composer and teacher. He has traveled on tour as trombonist with Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Pia Zadora. He has performed for numerous stars on the Las Vegas “Strip” as the lead trombonist in the Al Ramsey Orchestra at The Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino and The Lou Elias Orchestra at The Desert Inn Hotel and Casino. He was a Junior High School Band Director for over thirteen years in the Clark County School District retiring in 2008.
Over the years Mr. Scann has held positions as the adjunct trombone teacher at The University of Nevada- Las Vegas and Stage Band Director at the Community College of Southern Nevada. He has been a soloist and arranger/composer for the yearly “76 + 4 Trombone Concert held at the University. He currently teaches trombone and euphonium on the faculty of The Nevada School of the Arts and teaches private students at home as well as Kessler’s Music.
His wife Susan is an attorney and they have two children.