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San Diego’s Legendary Weatherman to Blow His Horn on Hornblower Cruises

Dave Scott and Bobby Lanuza of the Dave Scott Duo will perform weekends on Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruises

When he’s not telling KUSI-TV viewers about the latest weather blowing through San Diego, Dave Scott is blowing through a trombone to jazz loving audiences. He’s quite the recognized man about town with both his television and live appearances.

Hornblower Cruises & Events is proud to announce that Dave Scott will be performing with captivating keyboardist with Bobby Lanuza (see bio below)  weekends in San Diego on Hornblower’s Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruises, starting April 6th.  To reserve a brunch cruise with Dave Scott visit the website or call 619-686-8700.

Originally from Canada but raised in Hawaii and Southern California, Dave saved his money from a paper route to buy his first trombone and took lessons from legendary Louis Armstrong trombonist, Trummy Young. At Hawaii’s Kalaheo Intermediate School, he won several band awards and earned a two-year scholarship with the Honolulu Symphony. At Kailua High School, Dave learned from former Stan Kenton trumpeter Norman Baltazar and has studied with friend, mentor and legendary Trombonist Bill Watrous.  Watrous can be heard on Dave’s latest CD “One Big Beautiful World” which picked up a nomination for Best Jazz Album at the 2018 San Diego Music Awards.

After studying at the National Weather Service, he landed a position in San Diego as the weekend weather anchor for KUSI-TV. Dave now holds Bachelors in Meteorology from MSU and a Seal of Approval in Broadcast Meteorology from the American Meteorological Society and was an inductee into the NATAS Silver Circle.
 In 2017 he celebrated his 25-year anniversary on television. In addition to broadcasting the weather, Dave produces a regular show on KUSI called Dave’s World of Wonder. Click for archives.

As an accomplished jazz trombonist and composer, Dave has been the featured soloist at numerous concerts including the San Diego Chamber Orchestra with Jung-Ho Pak and the San Diego Youth Symphony.

Recently, Dave played in the trombone section of the San Diego Symphony Pops backing American Songbook Legend Michael Feinstein and as a guest performer with the Tifereth Israel Orchestra featuring his original compositions arranged and orchestrated by Latin Jazz great Irving Flores.

He has also had the chance to sing and share some unique musical moments with the likes of Steve Allen, Robert Goulet, Mel Torme, Bill Watrous, Toni Tenille, Ed McMahon, Jimmy Buffet, Carol Channing and even Wayne Newton and CNN’s Larry King. 
His compositions have been featured on radio and television including KSDS Jazz 88, KUSI, with KYXY’s Jeff and Jer, and Jazz KIFM’s Morning Drive Show.

Robert T Lanuza Musician/Pianist

I played in the 33rd Army Band from 1968 to 1972. I’ve played extensively with Benny Hollman, and the official San Diego Charger Band until they relocated to Los Angeles. I’ve also had the opportunity on many occasions to back up Frankie Laine , Frankie Avalon , and Danny Ganz.I’ve also backed up Jason Scheff of Chicago , Little Anthony and the Imperials, Freddie Cannon, and Charo .

Bobby Lazuna’s first profession is musician/pianist. As a musician hetraveled the United States and Canada playing in a variety of music and venues such as The Ritz Carlton- Laguna Niguel and Rancho Bernardo Inn.  Bobby opened for many acts from Mel Torme / Concerts on the Green, Kenny Burrell / SDSU, Bloodstone /SDSU, Kenny Rodgers / Barona, Santana / Community Concourse and many more.
He opened a popular Little Italy/San Diego restaurant call  “Po Pazzo” and has been performing over ten
years.  He played several times at Anthology (now Music Box) with The Benny Hollman Big Band, Strom and
Jesse Davis.
Lanuza is the Musical Director of the Emmy nominated pilot “The Children’s Music Workshop,” winner of a Parent’s Guide Award ( He has also worked with Jostens, one of the largest educational software companies in the nation doing music for their “ESL materials for Elementary Level” series.

Interestingly, Bobby is fluent in Spanish and studied ballet folklorico with Amalia Hernandez and Javier De Leon.


The Humpbacks are Here!

Update: In the past week we’ve spotted more than 90 Humpback Whales- more than we’ve ever seen! Our sightings are filled with all types of energetic behaviors including breaching, lob-tailing, pectoral flipper slapping and even lunge feeding on small schooling fishes! We expect the whales to remain off the coast for as long as the huge schools of bait fish. With sightings of the Humpacks as well as Gray Whales, large herds of dolphins and sea lions and thousands of sea birds, it’s the perfect time for a Whale Watching Cruise!

Original Story: Last week, Hornblower’s crew, Naturalists from the SD Nat and guests from all over the world were treated to phenomenal whale watching, starring more than 30 Humpback Whales! A large number of humpbacks have been traveling through Southern California coastal waters over the past couple of weeks, just north of San Diego.  The whales are probably following the movements of giant schools of tiny fishes like sardines or anchovies, which are a prime type of humpback prey.  A megapod of of  thousands of Common Dolphins  accompanied the Humpacks. Throughout most of the cruise, the Adventure Hornblower was surrounded by breaching and fluking humpbacks and leaping dolphins. What an incredible day!

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Gray Whale in San Diego Bay

More and more often Hornblower is seeing Gray Whales hanging out in San Diego Bay. About a week ago three Gray Whales were spotted within the bay. One of the whales, a juvenile, has been seen off of Ballast Point in San Diego Bay for the past week. This whale has provided thrilling encounters not just for our Whale Watching Cruises, but also our Harbor Tour Cruises and many private event cruises.  For many of our guests, this is their first time seeing a baleen whale!

Why do Gray Whales enter San Diego Bay? Historically, large numbers of gray whales entered the bay as a stopover during their migration between Alaska and Baja California, Mexico. Today, the whales may just be taking a break during their long migration and typically leave to continue their travels within a day or so. Whether for a few hours or a week or more, we always enjoy having these cetacean visitors.