Scott Rutledge attended Westmoreland Schools, graduating in 1976. Scott received his A.A.S. in Music from Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY in 1978 and his B.A. from the Crane School of Music at Potsdam in 1980
Scott was a member of the Olympic Symphony Orchestra for the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid NY, as well as serving as wind instructor and director of the Wind Ensemble at the Grenville Christian Academy in Brockville Ontario, and the Crane School of Music Jazz Band ll in 1981
Besides being a lead vocalist and trumpeter for Classified, (1992-present) Scott was also the featured vocalist and trumpeter for a number of tours on various cruise ships for Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Lines throughout the 90’s.
In August of 2003 Scott co-founded the YMCA Center for the Creative Arts (YCCA) in Rome, New York with visionary YMCA of the Greater Tri Valley CEO Henry Leo. The arts school was the first of its kind in the nation hosted at a YMCA.
As director of the award winning YCCA Jazz Ensemble, Scott recorded with, backed up, or opened for a myriad of jazz legends including: The Yellowjackets, Dr. John, Ellis Marsalis, Jane Monheit, Jason Marsalis, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, The Brubeck Brothers and Maynard Ferguson. Scott conducted the world premiere performance of “Katrina” in October of 2006 with legendary New Orleans’ trumpeter Leroy Jones.
His incredible career includes performances with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Ink spots, The Temptations, Dion, The Commodores, The Platters, Sam Moore, “Righteous Brother” Bill Medley, and comedic hall of famers Bob Newhart and Foster Brooks . He regularly sings the national anthem for many college and professional sporting events including performances for major league baseball’s Baltimore Orioles.
Scott co-produced two time Oscar award winning singer Jennifer Warnes on her recordings of “Sweet and Slow” and “Lights of Louisiana” for the 2009 YCCA release “Collaborations”, and Oscar winner Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers on his recording of “Everyday I Have the Blues”, as well as Oscar nominee Amanda Shaw; writing, arranging, and performing on “St. Louis Blues” and her remake of the Hank Williams classic “Long Gone Lonesome Blues” Scott wrote and arranged vocals and horns for Jacque Tara Washington’s SAMMY nominated C.D. “World of Passion”
In October 2007 Scott directed the Harlem Boys and Girls Choir Alumni Ensemble and the YCCA Wind Ensemble in concert. The event lives on today in the form of a groundbreaking PBS DVD available online at pbs.org.
Currently, Scott is director of music at Holy Cross Academy and St. Joseph’s Church in Lee Center NY where he lives on a small farm, and continues a very full schedule as a performer, teacher, conductor, and clinician in a wide variety of popular, jazz, classical and sacred musical settings.