Scott Travis (Norfolk, Virginia, 1961) is best known as a Grammy Award winning American drummer with British metal veterans Judas Priest. He replaced previous sticksman Dave Holland. Scott Travis also drums/drummed with Hawks, Racer X, The Scream, and Fight among others.
Born in Norfolk, Virginia, Scott Travis was a well-known drummer in the local music scene of region known as Hampton Roads during the early 1980s. Scott Travis moved to California in the early/mid 1980s and played in various local bands, such as Hawk, and later on moved to play for Racer X, together with Paul Gilbert, and very briefly played in Saints Or Sinners, which later changed their name to The Scream, and also featured Scott's Racer X bandmates Bruce Bouillet and John Alderete. His big career move came about late in the decade after Judas Priest's long time drummer, Dave Holland, exited the band, citing personal reasons.
Scott Travis had always wanted to be the drummer of Judas Priest. As a young teen, he had often thought about setting up his drumkit in the parking lot at the Hampton Coliseum in hopes that the band would notice him as they rolled through with their tour bus. He finally decided to wait out back of the arena, and hand the band a tape of his playing. Judas Priest still had Dave Holland, so nothing ever came out from the encounter.
When Dave Holland did leave Judas Priest in 1989, Scott Travis auditioned for the vacant position and got the job, thus becoming the first non-British musician to play the Birmingham group.
Scott Travis has been with the band ever since. He also handles drum duties for his former band Racer X, and played drums in Rob Halford's band Fight from 1993 to 1995.
Scott Travis was also largely responsible for hiring Tim 'Ripper' Owens as Halford's replacement in Judas Priest from 1996 until the 2003 reunion.
Scott Travis is commonly mistaken to be left-handed. In reality, he is ambidextrous, and plays with an open style.
Scott Travis has always used Tama Drums, until 2008. On the first leg of Judas Priest's Nostradamus Tour he played a Pearl kit and then switched to a DW kit for the second leg. Scott was also seen using a DW kit at the NAMM show with his band Racer X. Scott Travis has played Paiste cymbals since May 1987.