Scott Rush

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Scott Rush is currently the Director of Fine and Performing Arts for the Dorchester Two School District in South Carolina.  Prior to his appointment, he was Director of Bands at Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina from 1999 - 2014.  He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where he received a Master of Music degree in French Horn Performance and studied with Boston Symphony principal hornist, Charles Kavalovski.  While at NEC, Mr. Rush studied conducting under Frank Battisti and Pascal Verrot.  He was a Concerto Competition winner and member of the Boston Philharmonic under Benjamin Zander.  Mr. Rush received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina where he studied under Robert Pruzin and was the recipient of the Arthur Fraser Award for the Outstanding Graduating Senior in Music.

As director of bands at Wando High School, The Wando Symphonic Band performed at the 2007 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic and were the 2007 recipients of the Sudler Flag of Honor, administered by the John Philip Sousa Foundation.   The Wando marching band was named a finalist at the Bands of America Grand National Championships in 2009 and 2011.  They were also SC State 5A marching band champions from 2005 - 2013.

Mr. Rush is active as a conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States.  He has presented clinic sessions at major conferences in seventeen states, including the 2006 and 2013 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, and has presented workshops for several universities and school districts.  He is the author of two highly touted books, Habits of A Successful Band Director and The Evolution of A Successful Band Director for GIA Publications.   He has co-authored five other books for GIA, three method books for band and orchestra entitled Habits of A Successful Musician, Habits of a Successful Middle School Musician and Habits of A Successful String Musician, Habits of A Successful Middle School Band Director, and Quality of Life Habits of a Successful Band Director.  He has been the recipient of the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence on five occasions.  Mr. Rush currently serves as the conductor of the Charleston Wind Symphony.  In 2010, Mr. Rush was elected into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and in 2015 was elected into the South Carolina Band Directors Association Hall of Fame.

The following videos are exercises from Habits of a Successful Musician:

Chorale #4

Breathing Exercises

The 5-Step Scale Study


Habits of a Successful Wind Ensemble: Sequential Fundamentals that Lead to Music Making - Music Education

This clinic will focus on the important role "fundamentals time" plays in the development of outstanding musicians and great sounding ensembles. A comprehensive approach to the warm-up, timing and reading skills, and ensemble resonance will be explored. Key practices in sight-reading through full-ensemble performance will be the cornerstone of student development. Through this process, all roads lead from the "components of playing" to going beyond the notes. Solfege and music making exercises conclude the presentation.

Quality of Life Habits for the Modern Band Director - Music Education

This session is not only about keeping it all in perspective, but about providing practical strategies for balancing life and work. The ultimate goal is being happy, staying well-grounded, and having a healthy prioritization of life and work issues.

"The Evolution of A Successful Band Director" - Music Education

This clinic focuses on how knowledge, experience, heart energy, physical energy, and effectiveness creates synergy to produce a successful band director. "Who you are" as a band director is explored in a meaningful way. Participants are encouraged to write a professional mission statement and to produce ten action steps to improve quality of life, both personally and professionally. Every student has a nugget of gold that must be found and cultivated.

"Habits of A Successful Band Director" - Music Education

This clinic will focus on the journey from the "components of playing" to music making. Teaching strategies will be the cornerstone of the presentation and they will logically progress from being effective with non-pedagogical issues to going beyond the notes. Non-traditional means of assessment will also be explored.

"Habits of A Successful Middle School Band Director" - Music Education

This session is specifically for middle school band directors. Topics include: recruitment, retention, instrumentation, mouthpiece testing, class scheduling, the start-up clinic, grade specific curriculum, teaching strategies, literature, assessment, and crossing the threshold from the components of playing to music making.