Scott Adair, Music, Bands,
Greensboro, NC, Greensboro NC,
Musician Scott Adair, Music, Bands,
Greensboro, NC, Greensboro NC,
Musician, Susun Coleman Miller
| I was born and raised in Greensboro NC. My
maternal grandfather, Lewis Moore, founded Moore Music Company there
in 1939. Granddad was an accomplished pianist and a remarkable man
with many talents and interests. After WW II Granddad convinced my father,
Howard Adair, to join him and manage the store. Dad pretty much ran the
show until his retirement in the 1980’s.
|My family lived in a small house behind the music store until I was six years old. I have many
wonderful memories of being a little boy living downtown and wandering in and out of the music
store. I can still remember the laughter and the cigar smoke coming from the piano movers as
well as the sights and sounds of the customers and the musical instruments being played.
In high school I began working at the music store which I would do periodically into my
early adulthood. I would move pianos, do odd jobs and deal with the customers. My
Dad was a great mentor who taught me how to present myself in that environment and
how to represent the store whether I was making a delivery or talking to a customer on
the phone. Thank you Dad – I miss you.
I had a great childhood with a great family. My parents
started me and my brother (Steve) on piano when we
reached the second grade and later on saxophone in
the summer band program after the third grade. My
brother was three years ahead of me in school. Steve
was and is a natural musician so a big part of my
motivation in music as a child was simply trying to keep
up with my big brother.
In those days Greensboro had a very strong citywide
band program in the public schools under the direction
of the legendary Herbert Hazelman. Mr. Hazelman ran
the program from the 1930’s into the 1970’s.
I got my first “taste” of being a professional musician at the ripe old age of 12. I played sax in a band called The Chevelles. We
played for sock hops and other parties but my favorite venue was called Circle K. It was a Saturday morning “get together” for
kids at The Carolina Theatre in downtown Greensboro. The main attraction was a feature movie for the kids but we were one of
the warm up bands that would play before the movie started. The band was paid five dollars and all the popcorn we could eat.
Some things in the music business never change. At least we weren’t playing for peanuts – we were playing for popcorn !!
The Chevelles folded about a year and a half later. At the
age of 15, I was asked to play in a band called CC and The
Souls. It was the heyday of classic soul and R&B music.
Our group really took off. We won a regional Battle of The
Bands and our reward was to open for The Dave Clark
Five at the Greensboro Coliseum in front of thousands of
screaming teenagers. I think that is when I got hooked on
performing. Of course it didn’t hurt that at least half of
those screaming teenagers were girls !!
The group went on to perform at fraternity parties and
nightclubs throughout the Southeast. It was a great
experience and great fun for a kid my age. I stuck with it
until I was 17. I loved every minute of it.
Before I knew it high school was over and it was time to move on to college. The times were changing and I was
unsure of what I wanted to do. At that time I was not considering a career in music. What happened over the next two
years changed my life forever.
We even had a private saxophone coach at Grimsley High – a gentleman named Charles
Murph. Both of these men had a very strong influence on my early musical development.
|Murph and I are still buddies ~ Here we are on a scuba diving expedition
|Working the phone
at an early age
|The same guys twenty years later
Scott Adair Music
My Story continues
With My Education
The Early Years . . .
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