Bio/C V

Born - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 16, 1962

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
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 Kelly's Lot.  Scott 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.  He has performed with Rene' Coman, Eric Reed, Paul Clement, Mark Whitaker, Albert Trepagnier, Jr, Jim Goodall, Bernie Dresel, Dale Jennings, John "Spazz" Hatton, Bill Johnston and Ed Cogan, 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, 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 at California State University Los Angeles.

He is an endorsing artist for Peerless 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.