NY Area Spartan of the Week: Scott Burrows

Posted by Larry Alterman | May 22, 2011

Scott Burrows 

A few Spartan questions for Scott Burrows:

Q: What was your major at MSU and what year did you graduate?
A: Major: Bachelor of Music 1982
Trombone Performance
I’m one of about a dozen Burrows family members to attend MSU.

Q: What are you doing now for work?
A: Like many musicians, my career has several elements. I’m a teacher in NYC Public Schools, a Band Director at Booker T. Washington MS 54, and a substitute trombone player on Broadway musicals including Hairspsray, Movin’ Out and currently, Memphis the Musical.

I sing and play my original songs and cover tunes from the 70-90s with my band of first flight musicians “The Scott Burrows 5!ve” (see Scottburrows5.com for dates!) This group started this year after I went to East Lansing to play a reunion at “Ricks Am Cafe” with my band “BREEZE” from our days at MSU (four of us are Spartan alums and three of us were in the Spartan Marching Band).

Q: Where do you live?
A: I live on the Upper West Side/Morningside Hts area near Columbia U.

Q: Favorite NYC restaurant?
A: I loved O’Neals Restaraunt on West 63rd St but they closed recently. They still run the summertime restaurant at the 79 St. Boat Basin though.

Q: What is best part of living in the NY area?
A: I love living in NYC mostly because it allows me to earn a living integrating all my musical interests. I’ve been here since 1983.

Q: What is best part of being a Spartan in New York?
I enjoy gathering with other Spartans (including my niece Amy Cerullo, a gifted actress and singer. I was a Sophomore living in Wilson Hall when she was born!) at Blondie’s to catch Spartan sporting events!

A: If you could invite 3 people from any time who were associated with Michigan State to dinner who would they be?
A: My Dad, Jack Burrows class of ’52, (passed in 1990). Biggie, because my dad always raved about “The Golden era of Biggie Munn.” I’d love to hear them chat. And William David Brohn (class of 1955), a Broadway composer I’ve never met but whose work I admire!