AYLESBURY drummer Scott Ottaway admits he is living the dream as he prepares to play at the Waterside Theatre with legendary 60s band The Searchers.
Scott, a former Grange pupil who lives in Fairford Leys, has been a band member for two years and has performed around the world with them.
But he says tonight’s (Wednesday) Waterside gig in front of his home town fans will be particularly special for him.
“This is my Wembley Stadium, I’m really looking forward to it.
“In my first year I played at the Civic Centre just a month before it closed, which was great, but it was rather limited. To look at the theatre it is magnificent and the acoustics are great.”
Scott, who spent several years playing at holiday camps and on cruise ships, took over from former drummer Eddie Rothe after impressing on DJ Mike Reid’s 2009 Christmas single.
His favourite Searchers songs include When You Walk In The Room, Needles And Pins and an upbeat disco cover of Young Girl.
“I’m absolutely loving it. The band is on its 50th anniversary tour now and it’s amazing to be part of a band that has been going 50 years. They are great guys to work with, play great songs and now and again I have to pinch myself. I’m playing on stage with these amazing musicians and I’m living the dream.”
The 39 year old is well known around Aylesbury. He is a qualified football referee who has officiated at many grassroots matches and has played in three local bands – Jump The Gun, Fever and Powder Monkeys.
He has fond memories of his time at the Grange, where his music teacher was Mr Wise.
“It is a great school. I learned to play the drums there and came away with pretty good grades. I loved it there and still keep in contact with my friends.”