Scott Ollhoff

RPO - Rochester's Newest Ensemble

Musician's Bio

Scott Ollhoff, tympani

Scott Ollhoff
(507) 281-5410
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.