Scotty Perey was born and raised in his beloved “Big Sky State” of Montana, where he began his formal piano studies at the age of five. He first started accompanying choirs and singers in 5th grade and continued this prolifically throughout junior high and high school.
Scotty moved to Eugene, Oregon in 1988 and received his Bachelors in Music Composition degree (with cum laude honors) from the University of Oregon School of Music in 1994. By then he had already been a founding member of The Sugar Beets (keys, guitar, vocals) for four years. Now approaching their 25th anniversary, The Beets are regularly billed in town as “Eugene’s Favorite Band.”
Scotty singing "Emotional Rescue" front and center with The Sugar Beets at the MacDonald Theater
Toward the end of his college studies, Scotty became very active in the local theater community, first as an accompanist, then as a musical director, and eventually as an actor himself, working in all these capacities with local production companies such as Actors Cabaret of Eugene, The Lord Leebrick Theater (now called The Oregon Contemporary Theater), the Willamette Reperatory Theater, and the Fool’s Haven Shakespeare Troupe.
Scotty in a scene from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing
Since 2002, Scotty has served as the musical director at the the Shedd’s “Magical Moombah” vaudeville show for kids, applying both his acting and musical skills as Rumbles “Dogbreath” Hangnail, the singing professional wrestler who always loses. (He almost beat that parking meter… just about had it pinned, but it flipped him over at the last second, cheated!)
Scotty playing different roles as Rumbles "Dogbreath" Hangnail in the Magical Moombah
Around that same time, he also became integrally involved as musical director at Eugene’s premiere summer music/theater camp, Imagine That, where campers and staff together co-create a one-time-only brand-new musical comedy production with over fifty amazing kids in only two weeks. It is truly and consistently one of the best shows in town, and one of the loves of his life.
At the heart of Scotty’s contributions to his community is his music teaching and coaching practice, by which he has worked with over a thousand students in the area young and old, in groups or individually, with an innovative and customized curriculum for keyboard, guitar, music technology, band skills, and music theory in a way that is tailored to individual desires and learning styles, with the dual aim of moving the student along their own path as quickly and easily as possible, and making the experience as fun and rich as possible along the way.
Scotty is eternally thankful for having what he considers the best job in the world: “I’m making my career doing what I love most, and I get to do it with so many of the most wonderful people in the world!”