Orchestra and Band Faculty
Michael Scott, Concert Band Director
The Frost Young Musicians' Camp is happy to introduce our new Orchestra Director!
Jorge Padrón is the orchestra director at Miami Palmetto Senior High School. Often noted for his high standards and insistence on good technique, his performing groups were awarded straight "superior" ratings at district evaluations this past year, being the only non-magnet high school orchestra to do so. He teaches three orchestra classes along with elective guitar courses and AP Music Theory. He was nominated Rookie Teacher of the Year at Palmetto High School for the 2015-2016 school year and was recognized by the Village of Palmetto Bay and the Miami-Dade County School District for his "exemplary public service." When not teaching, he is a sought-after adjudicator for the Florida Orchestra Association and the Dade County Music Educators Association, as well as various other district music festivals. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Miami's Frost School of Music and a master's degree from Carnegie Mellon University. While at the Frost School, he studied clarinet with Margaret Donaghue, violin with Scott Flavin, and harpsichord with Frank Cooper.
Mr. Michael D. Scott is a native of Miami, FL. A product of inner city living, he grew up in circumstances where there were not many positive role models. He attended Allapattah Middle School and found his initial passion for music while in the 6th grade band. He later matriculated to Miami Jackson Senior High School, and joined the band under the direction of Dr. Jermaine Fleming. There he received the teachings and motivation to pursue music as a full time career. The Miami Jackson Band was very successful, receiving many superior ratings. This gave Mr. Scott the experiences he needed to be successful in college, where he would further his education and teachings in the field of music. Upon graduating high school, Mr. Scott continued his education at Florida A&M University with a major in Music. He also served as the head drum major for the world-renowned Marching 100 Band. His other leadership positions at FAMU also included becoming a student conductor, the head of the show planning committee, the head of the dance routine committee, and the Grammy band choreographer at the 48th Grammy Awards ceremony in LA.
After graduating from Florida A&M University, Mr. Scott was highly recommended for a high school band director position at Miami Carol City Senior High School. When he arrived at Miami Carol City Sr. the band only consisted of 16 people. Nine of which included percussion. The program was on the brink of diminishing. In one challenging year Mr. Scott was able to accomplish what would have taken 3 years without his leadership. Mr. Scott and a small group of very dedicated members built the Miami Carol City band up to 120 band members by the end of the following fall season. The band also achieved a rating of Superior in concert band evaluation for the first time in 14 years. After restoring a program at Miami Carol City, Mr. Scott decided it was time to go and give back to his community by accepting a job at his home school, serving as the band director for Allappattah Middle School. Also a once dying program, Mr. Scott started with zero people in the band but then motivated 100 middle school inner city students to rebuild the band program. This was the first time this band had seen life in over 15 years, and it continues to grow to this day. A member of ALPHA PHI ALPHA Fraternity, The recipient of the Tom Bishop Award.
Mr. Scott is a member of the Florida Band Masters Association and is an outstanding and active supporter of the arts in public school education. Mr. Scott is now the Band Director at Cypress Bay High School in Weston, Florida. Upon arriving at Cypress Bay High School, the band program was in need of serious restoration. In only two months the program grew from a mere 20 participants to 180 musically educated members. The bands at South Broward High School have been invited to perform at numerous prestigious events. They are invited to perform in London, several district performances and New York at the great Carnegie Hall. Mr. Scott‚Äôs will to give and sacrifice so much to his students is unbelievable. He lives by the philosophy that ‚ÄúAll Students Can Be Taught‚Äù. The experience and lessons learned throughout Mr. Scott‚Äôs teachings is remarkable and is displayed in each band he steps in front of. His mentors include, Dr. Fleming, Dr. Chipman, Dr. White, Steve Rivero, & Benny Bolden.