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Summer 2017

July 2, 7 pm, "Salute to America"
Virginia Grand Military Band
At Appomattox County High School
198 Evergreen Ave.
Appomattox, VA 24522

July 3, 3 pm
Virginia Grand Military Band
At Castleton, VA

August 2, 7 pm, "All School Reunion"
Soloing with new piano accompaniments
  • Oh Dry Those Tears (1901) by Teresia del Riego (1876-1968)
  • Bayerische (Bavarian) Polka (1934) by Georg Lohmann (1899-1980)
  • and more
Watertown Municipal Band
Stokes-Thomas City Park
Watertown, SD

Scott Shelsta, trombone soloist

What They Said

About the period re-enactment: "He tells about playing with Sousa and other bands in the 1890s, and Shelsta's trombone solos were stupefying."

— Paul Carpenter, Chicago Tribune

"Scott Shelsta is a superb musician who is able to perform the most difficult solos with ease. He thrills an audience with his blazing technique and possesses an affable demeanor which endears him to his listeners. It is a joy and a pleasure to conduct him in concert. He truly ranks among the finest soloists of our time."

— Colonel Arnald D. Gabriel, USAF (Ret)

"You have developed a great niche to showcase your tremendous talents, and more people who appreciate great trombone playing should have the opportunity to witness your artistry."

— Colonel Verne Campbell, USA (Ret)

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Renowned Trombone Soloist & Clinician


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Scott Shelsta

Trombone Literature

Shelsta has added piano accompaniments for trombone solos to his lists of new arrangements and a growing compilation of Trombone literature under Literature:

  • new Patriotic solos with piano
  • Piano accompaniments
  • Dvorák's Cello Concerto arranged for Solo Trombone
  • Graduation pieces
  • Music for young trombonists
  • Solos, duets, & trios with various accompaniments

Trombone virtuoso, Scott Shelsta, entertains, delights and educates audiences across America.

After a 30-year career as the trombone soloist of the US Army Band, "Pershing's Own," Shelsta steps back in history to bring the thrill of late 19th and early 20th century American band music to the 21st century audience. Re-enacting the style of famous trombonists, Arthur Pryor (b. 1870) and Frederick Innes (b. 1854), he tells the story of a time and a way of life when large crowds would gather around the bandstand for an afternoon of dazzling musical entertainment by the concert bands of Hall, Gilmore, Liberati, Innes, Sousa, and Pryor, as well as their own town band.

Just as Trombonists Innes and Pryor did so many years ago, Shelsta's playing brings listeners to the edge of their seats and leaves audiences awestruck, speechless and ready to come back for more.

Scott Shelsta is a freelance musician and arranger in the Washington, DC area, playing, arranging, and soloing with brass ensembles, bands, orchestras, and choruses.