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Alumni Spotlight: Scott Simons

Name: Scott Simons

Graduation Year: 1998

Degree(s) Received: BA Music Composition

Why did you choose to attend WVU?

I grew up down the road in Bridgeport going to nearly every home football game since I was 8 and marveling at the band at halftime. I looked at other schools but when I got to WVU the composition department was so accommodating and attentive during my audition that I knew I had to go to the CAC.

What is your profession now?

I'm a freelance musician in Los Angeles. I'm starting my 7th season as pianist/assistant music director on America's Got Talent, I sing lead vocals on the theme song for "Paw Patrol" on Nickelodeon. I was the music director for season 3 of Little Big Shots on NBC and I write, produce and tour for other acts, as well as have my own band with another WVU alumnus, Dani Buncher.

What is your most interesting current/upcoming project?

I'm not sure I can pick one. I love variety and not doing the same thing year round. keeps me on my toes and gives me new experiences as a musician.

How do you feel WVU and the College of Creative Arts prepared you for your career?

Admittedly, coming out of high school I was a little behind on my theory and composition skills. I liked playing in cover bands and I liked writing pop songs, but the music department was so patient at diagnosing where I needed some extra attention and providing it for me. I had a surreal experience arranging and composing and getting pieces performed for whatever crazy idea I had at WVU. They embraced and encouraged my creativity.