Scott Ollhoff, tympani
|Where are you from?|
|I was born and raised in Rochester MN.|
|What instrument(s) do you play? When did you start playing?|
|I am primarily a percussionist, but have also studied piano, classical guitar, and fingerstyle guitar. I started piano at the age of 5, and drum lessons at 8.
I took guitar lessons at the University of Minnesota.
|What brought you to Rochester and how did you become involved with The Rochester Pops Orchestra?|
|After college I spent several years playing and teaching in Madison WI, Anchorage AK, and Minneapolis. Eventually, a serious illness in my family brought me back to Rochester. One day I received a text from Alec Tackmann, telling me a new orchestra was starting in Rochester and they were looking for trained orchestral percussionists to play mallets and tympani.|
|What is your favorite style of music to play?|
|It would be a tie: Jazz or Classical|
|What inspires you to play?|
|My fascination with drumming comes from an early exposure to Buddy Rich on The Tonight Show. In addition, my mom was a piano teacher and church organist, and after forcing me to take piano lessons she bought me a snare drum and found me a private percussion teacher.|
|What is your favorite piece/concert that The Rochester Pops has played?|
|That would be the first piece of the first concert. “Candide”.|
|What other things are you involved with in the Rochester community?|
|I am the drumline/percussion teacher at Rochester Century High School.
I am a full time Social Studies teacher.
I teach private percussion lessons.
|What do you do in your free time? (ie hobbies)|
|Fishing, Reading, Playing the Guitar, Backpacking|
|What’s your favorite album and why?|
Right now my favorite album is Tom Waits “Closing Time.” It varies between Tom Waits, Steve Earle, and Paul Westerberg.
|Please list the instrument(s) you teach.|
|I teach all percussion instruments, all ages and levels.|