Scott lives just outside of the Albany, NY area with his children Allison and Carter, and their cat Siggy. He works as a 4-12 grade public school band teacher and received music education degrees from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and the University of Connecticut.
Growing up, Scott's mother, Bonnie, sang and played guitar to him and his two brothers, Derrick and Phillip. His father, Howard, bought a banjo for her to learn but she only rarely played it, so it usually remained in the closet. At age 15, Scott developed an interest in music and began playing the tuba with his high school band and electric bass with the jazz band. And then it happened; Howard was listening to a Flatt & Scruggs recording one day while working on the house and Scott realized that the amazing sounds he heard were coming from a banjo! And there was one in the closet!
Throughout high school, Scott took banjo lessons from local legend Doug Knight while continuing along with tuba and bass. He soon realized that music was his future and decided to pursue a career as a music teacher. Unfortunately, the dream of being a public school teacher and banjo performer would never intersect, so he decided to pursue each in parallel and went to college as a music education major with tuba as his primary instrument. His best achievements in college were winning the Crane Concerto Competition on tuba and spending a summer as a banjo performer at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA.
Shortly after graduating from college, Scott got a call from the Vermont based Bluegrass band, Breakaway, to audition for an open banjo spot based on a recommendation from Eric Gibson. He got the job, and during his tenure with Breakaway, Scott contributed original banjo instrumentals on two recording projects and became an integral part of the band's sound. After moving to the Albany area, Scott started his own Bluegrass band, Fairview Avenue which performed throughout the Northeast. He is now a proud member of Beartracks, Caroline MotherJudge and the Urban Holiness Society, and the Wheelbarrow Boys.
Scott currently plays two banjos: A Deering Golden Era that has that iconic pre-war Bluegrass banjo sound and a Nechville Phantom that has a radius fingerboard for easy playability and a mellower sound because of its wooden tone ring.