Dr. Ron Scott, assistant professor of Music, Clarinet and Saxophone at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, composed the U.S.S. Lexington March to be premiered by the Corpus Christi Municipal Band at Cole Park on Sunday, June 17 at 8:30 p.m.
“I had some musical ideas floating in my head,” said Ron Scott. “But never set out to write a march for the Lexington.” He came up with the title after writing the piece, and contacted the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C. and the U.S.S. Lexington to make sure no one had previously written a march for the ship. “I thought it would be a good ship to have a march named after it,” said Scott. “It is a great way to have a local connection between the University and the U.S.S. Lexington.”
In addition, Scott thought his piece would serve as a learning tool in the classroom. He envisions the piece being performed by a local high band, which can enhance a student’s learning about the U.S.S. Lexington. He has contacted the U.S.S. Lexington to adopt the piece as their official march, but is till waiting to hear from them.
Originally, he started writing the piece in March and finished the piece several weeks ago. The basic thematic materials were worked out over three days, but the actual scoring of the piece which includes the form of the piece and which instruments to use for thematic presentation took a couple of weeks. The finishing touches on the piece took a couple of hours which included editing and refining the piece.
“I have not heard a reading by the band yet, but will hear it early Sunday afternoon” said Scott. “I think the music is very energetic and spirited and will be an enjoyable piece for the audience.” The song is approximately four and a half minutes.
This spring, Scott completed his third year at A&M University-Corpus Christi serving as the studio instructor for clarinet and saxophone. In addition to maintaining the single reed studios, he initiated the String Orchestra program on the University campus in 2004, serving as its conductor.
As a clarinetist, Dr. Scott has toured as a member of Keith Brion’s New Sousa Band, participated in concert and recording projects with the Lackland Air Force Base Air Education and Training Command Band. He has performed in the symphony orchestra of Laredo, Lubbock, Corpus Christi and Victoria. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Lubbock, completed a master's degree at the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D. from Texas Tech University.