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Village of Scotia, New York
The Center of Music in the Capital District

Fifty years ago the Beatles invaded and kids in America were never the same. The Village of Scotia like every community soon had the sound of guitars and drums coming from neighborhood garages and basements. Some kids growing up here stayed in the entertainment industry, others look back with fond memories of performing for local Battle of the Bands, school dances and local pubs. If anyone needed a guitarist who could play like Led Zepplin's Jimmy Page everyone knew the answer was Scotia's own Alan Payette.

Alan recently expanded his unique music store confirming that Scotia is the center of music in upstate New York. At Payette's Music Traders you'll find new and old instruments including rentals.

The new location continues to specialize in instrument appraisals and repair. The expanded space provides three studios for lessons and a comfortable new lounge for friends or parents.



Music Traders is now located at next to the historic Scotia Cinema. Old timers will remember the location as Swires while young families may remember getting a good deal from Roy Matthews TV & Appliance.


The new store has plenty of room to dream and to choose the instrument that is just right for you. The Music Trader already has a great local reputation and the new space is sure to attract more shoppers to the heart of Scotia. Shoppers will find a theater next door, a classic American Diner and a Chinese restaurant across the street. It's a short walk to banks, coffee shops, a wide range of restaurants, convenient markets, a pharmacy, library, a park and even a beach.

We've seen all types of music over the years. Rock & Roll, Grunge, Hip-Hop, A Cappella and the Scotia-Glenville Pep Band. Shown here at a recent school board meeting this ensemble of dedicated performers kick off a good time at all the high school sports events and more.


Freedom Park on the banks of the Mohawk River attracts great performers and large crowds. Enthusiastic volunteers & audience support provides a fun, family environment for this outdoor venue. Many performers make sure they leave a summer night free in their schedule so they can play in our park.



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There's more!! The Fine Arts program at Scotia-Glenville Central School District attracts and encourages talent from within the student population. Click for Fine Arts Event Calendar. When groups like the Scotia-Glenville Choralaires perform the audience will frequently fill every seat.
Anyone interested in learning the bagpipes can receive direction from the Scotia-Glenville Pipe Band. This award winning organization has competed in the U.S. Canada and Scotland. It is the only competing Juvenile Pipe Band in the Northeastern United States.





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