Born - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 16, 1962
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA (1979 - 1985)
Folk Guitar - 1979-80 private study with Ellen Simon
Musical Theatre - Tulane University (with Anthony Laciura)
Jazz Guitar - Loyola University (private study with Bill Huntington)
Improvisation - Loyola University (Masterclass with John Scofield)
Music Business - Loyola University
Music Composition - University of New Orleans (UNO)
Orchestration - private study with Ellis Marsalis
Vocal Technique - private study with Barbara Bernard
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (1985 to present)
Lyric Writing/Music Business - with K.A. Parker, BMI Insitute
Song Writing - with Harriet Schock
Writing for Strings - with Henry Mancini
Orchestration - private study with Dr. Albert Harris
Song Writing - private study with John Braheny
Vocal Microphone Technique - private study with Brad Chapman
Film Scoring - with Earle Hagen
Jazz Guitar - under the tutelage of Robert Conti
Cajon - with Gino Gamboa
Mentors: Ellis Marsalis, Bill Huntington and Anthony Laciura
As collaborating composer, SD has composed music for the following dance companies:
Gabriel Masson Dance (New York, NY)
Martin Dancers (North Hollywood, CA)
Ballet Memphis (Memphis, TN)
He has opened for Gregg Allman, The Neville Brothers, Woodenhead, Arlo Guthre, David Bromberg, The New Orleans Preservation Hall Jazz Band and others and has worked with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and New Orleans Symphony. He has also worked with Orgone, Allen Toussaint, Aaron Neville and Pete Fountain. Among the many artists with whom Scott has performed include Rene' Coman, Eric Reed, Paul Clement, Mark Whitaker, Albert Trepagnier Jr, Jim Goodall, Dale Jennings, John "Spazz" Hatton, Bill Johnston, Ricky Lucchese, Ed Cogan and Grammy awardees Teresa James and Bernie Dresel, to name a few. He has performed as guest guitarist with Chamber Players of Los Angeles and as guest vocalist with Donny Most's Big Band.
Scott has performed in Asia, Europe, South America and throughout the United States.
His orchestral premiere as a composer/orchestrator (his own "On Christmas Day") was with the New Orleans Symphony.
The music of SD has been honored by Billboard Music Awards, Utah Symphony, The Colorado International Cannabis and Hemp Film Festival, Nashville City Song Festival and the Los Angeles Songwriter's Showcase. His work has been eligible for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' Grammy Award as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Mr. Detweiler was also awarded the Congressional Certificate of Recognition for his contribution to the arts in California.
Scott serves as a jury member and sits on the board of directors for the annual Gohar & Ovanes Andriassian Classical Guitar Competition and Festival at California State University Los Angeles.
He is an endorsing artist for Peerless Guitars, AMI Acoustic Guitars, Robert Conti Guitars, Gomez Amplification, Olympia Strings, Fishman Electronics, JoYo Electronics, Blue Microphones and KTS Bridges. He also serves as a consultant, providing product R&D feedback and evaluations, for several leading music equipment and instrument manufacturers.
SD is active with the music ministry at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Encino, California, both as guitarist, composer, arranger and cantor, as well as an active performer in the California prison system with the Los Angeles Archdiocese Office of Administrative Justice and a Teaching Artist in Los Angeles, teaching blues music to high school students in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
He is currently studying cajon with Gino Gamboa.
Scott was active as an actor in high school plays and musicals and then in operas during his tenure as a student at the University of New Orleans.
In 2019 he was cast in a starring role in his first-ever motion picture experience, "Serving For 4", a short comedy shot in L.A. and based on true story. Excerpts from his instrumental classic, "Shrine" were also used for much of the sound track.
At the 2020 Colorado International Cannabis and Hemp Film Festival the film was awarded 1 (one) award for Best Actress in a Comedic Short Film and garnered 10 (ten) nominations , including Best Actor in a Comedic Short Film and Best Audio/Music/Sound Track for a Short Film.