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About: F. Scott Moyer [Musician/Music Director/Educator/Producer/Composer] Cell: 805-529-2348 | Musicians Camp
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About: F. Scott Moyer [Musician/Music Director/Educator/Producer/Composer] Cell: 805-529-2348

By the age of 8 years old living in Wilmington Delaware, F. Scott Moyer was fully smitten by music. Rock and Roll was born and was taking hold on the world…especially his. He acquired his brother’s brown and purple maple Ludwig snare drum and began taking formal rudimental lessons a few years later after moving to Ridgewood, New Jersey. From there, his family was transferred to the Far East and, by the time he was 15 in 1963, he was playing in a Beatle band and sharing the stage with legendary jazz pianist and composer, Thelonious Monk, who was performing with them for a local music benefit concert at Hong Kong’s Hilton Hotel.

Scott’s band, The Beachcombers, was the first ever Beatles cover-band in Hong Kong and in all of Asia because they were the only ones who had the 1st Beatle Album from England. They had a large and dedicated fan base which grew whenever they played at schools, private parties, yacht clubs, Friday and Saturday night “packed” church dances, benefits or talent contests.  Numerous newspaper entertainment articles were written about their local successes, their growing popularity and their increasing skills playing and performing music. They would captivate an audience with their live performances, strong lead vocals, harmonies and their very select repertoire of American and British pop/rock songs.During his time in Hong Kong, Scott also played tennis, soccer, cricket, track and field and became Hong Kong’s  water skiing champion in slalom and tricks at age 15.

In 1964,  Scott bought an acoustic guitar while on vacation in Barcelona, Spain  and began learning every song and chord he could while continuing to study with local music teachers.

Upon moving back to the United States in 1965, he continued to study and play in bands throughout his final High School years near Philadelphia, Pa and over the four years he attended The University of North Carolina where he graduated with a BA degree and played Varsity Soccer. During college at UNC, he studied music history, music theory, guitar, drums, piano and  bass as well as composition, arranging and harmony. There, he also began recording music composed by other artists (producer/composer/engineer Michael Barbiero /Tesla) and working with bassist/producer/composer, Don Dixon (REM /Smithereens) on local gigs and in the recording studio.One of the highlights during this time was a gig as the back up band for Chuck Berry in concert which featured Scott  on drums and two other members of his Allman Brothers style cover band a week prior to graduation before a crowd of 10,000. On the same bill that day were the bands:  SpiritJ.Geils Band, and The Allman Brothers Band as well as Kate Taylor (Jame’s sister). The event was a year-end concert celebration at Carolina called Jubilee weekend.

This was at the height of the Classic Rock era where, every weekend, Scott was playing the music of Hendrix, The Beatles, The Kinks, the Stones, British and American Blues music, Spirit, R & B, Soul, Chicago, Blood Sweat and Tears, The Rascals, Credence Clearwater, Deep Purple, Santana, Cream, Sly, The Allman Brothers, Paul Butterfield, and so many more at neighboring Colleges, Rock clubs and fraternities. Booked by the Ted Hall and Hit Attractions agency, his bands toured all over the South during his 4 years  at UNC.
Scott spent the summers of 1969 and 1970 playing music with several bands in Washington, DC as well as becoming the Music Director of the play, “Dionysus Wants You.” All the music was written by Bill and Taffy Danoff (Country Roads, Afternoon Delight etc.) and presented at The Folger Shakespearean Library/Theater.After College in 1971, he moved briefly to Boston and hooked up with singer-songwriter/guitar-artist, Jon Butcher (eventually Jon Butcher and Axis) doing concerts , clubs and colleges. Not loving the chill of Boston winters, he re-settled in Washington DC in 1972 where he was hired to write commercials and be the studio drummer at Sounds Reasonable Studios. While there, he wrote, produced and played on numerous commercials for National Bank, Kawasaki Motor Bikes, Kay Jewelers and others using artists, Emmy Lou Harris and Margot Chapman (The Starland Vocal Band) on vocals as well as many stellar local session players like Danny Gatton and The Seldom Scene. Backing many local artists on drums in the studios, his reputation as a solid session drummer got him gigs recording with world class bassists, Dave Holland andRon Carter protege, David Williams, on R&B musical projects that hit the local DC airwaves.
In 1974, Scott began teaching to augment his income and soon was asked to participate in a special government program sponsored by The Department of the Interior. He taught guitar, bass and drums to troubled teenagers in a rock-band format doing classic rock and pop material.The program was a complete success and laid the early foundations for his own Creative Arts Music Project.  Music dramatically changed every life of those troubled teens he taught for the better.
In 1976, he moved to Los Angeles with best friend and sound engineer, Peter T Lewis. Peter engineered, co-produced and recorded Scott’s first four original songs as well as over 40 minutes of music on the soundtrack of the surf movie “Fantasea” which Scott produced, wrote, sang and recorded drums and guitar. Most of the complex tracks were recorded at the Record Plant. The Fantasea film project added to another film called “A Great Ride” where Scott was featured as songwriter (on 3 original compositions), lead singer, drums, percussion and guitars.In 1978 and ’79 he began a long and productive tenure at several music teaching studios doing private lessons on guitar, bass, drums, percussion, theory, keyboards and vocals teaching also at his home studio.
Over the 40 years he has been teaching, many of his best students have become professional performance and recording musicians, attended music schools like The Oberlin School of Music, The Berklee School of Music, the USC’s elite Thornten Music Program, Julliard, Stanford, Oregon and many others. Many of Scott’s students can be seen and heard on youtube and in clubs and concerts all around LA and  America.
For his own first original compositions, Scott used the hit group POCO for his rhythm section. They  included Kim Bullard (piano), Charlie Harrison (bass) and Steve Chapman (drums) while adding pedal steel great, Gary Morse, on lead solos and sweetening.  Scott sang his own songs backed on vocal harmonies by the hit group, The Chambers Brothers (Time) on three tracks and the hit songwriters, Deborah Holland (of Animal Logic), Ed Sanford (I Keep Forgettin”) and John Townshend (Smoke From A Distant Fire by John and Ed) on another.Over the years in LA ,while drumming with as many as 10 bands at a time, recording film soundtracks (with David Carradine), albums(with Garth Hudson of The Band) , demos, touring, teaching and playing at the Groundlings Comedy Improv Group, Scott continued to write and to collaborate with numerous wonderful artist/producer/singer/songwriter/musicians such as Mindy Sterling (Don Henley tours/piano vocals), Sherwood Ball (the voice), Gloria Kaye, K L Dunham, Ed Roscetti(drummer/composer), Steve Reid (the Rippingtons), Steve Real(vocal coach for Clint Black/artist),  Marty Martin, Dick Wells (session vocalist) to name a few.
In 1999-2000, as a result of these productive collaborations, he put his “best of” collaborations and song productions together on a 75 minute compilation CD called “Then and Now.” It contains  a potpourri of song styles from Country to R&B, Jazz instrumentals, Rock, ballads and Pop.  Also included is a live track of Scott’s drumming with the late, great, legendary, Blues guitarist, Roy Buchanan live at the Coach House while on Roy’s final tour in 1988. The CD is full of well known, great musicians enhancing every note of every song. Sax artist, Bryan Savage, recorded 3 jazz instrumentals from this CD with Rick Braun producing two of them. Another song, If I Were A Stronger Man, was picked up by Rhino Publishing and placed on the Isand Pictures film, “Nobody’s Fool” starring Eric Roberts and Rosanne Arquette. Ed Roscetti has placed one or two others on Muzak recently. Scott still records, co-writes and shops his original music to the new world market and has over 10 or more albums of new material to record.
From 2002-2005, Scott was contracted to teach gifted students in an after-school music program at Bridges Academy in the Valley. Over those 3 years, he transformed, not only the whole music program, but also, the lives and futures of every student in it. Four out of six went on to The Berklee School of Music in Boston and The Thornten Program at USC.Over those three productive years, they performed  3 two-hour concerts years playing a wide variety of music from Miles Davis to Billy Cobham, Chuck Berry, The Doors, Hendrix, The Cream, Steely Dan, The Allman Brothers, Credence, Freddie Hubbard, Patrice Rushen, Edgar Winter, The Beatles, Van Morrison, Dylan, Steve Miller, Motown, Herbie Hancock, their own original music and many more.
The study and application of music theory once a week over those three years enabled them to qualify for the recommendations Scott gave them upon graduation leading to their eventual acceptance to their respective music schools. The Bridges Academy experience and program, created by Scott, laid the blueprint for CAMPThe Creative Arts Music Project. Along with his many other private students, he felt the need to expand the one on one private lessons to a bigger more functional music stage where students could  readily apply their weekly lessons in a real live band format and take control of their own musical future by expanding and increasing their music skills. Thus, he formed Musicians Camp.
In 2007, best friend and collaborator, Sherwood Ball, invited Scott to write lyrics on an 80′s melodic rock project which he was working on with a great Swedish producer/musician/songwriter named Anders Rydholm. They had formed the group, “CODE” . Scott collaborated on the title track called “The Enemy Within” and the album was received with incredible  and welcoming rave reviews all over Europe. It was picked by critics and fans as one of the top 30 albums(#3) in all of 2007. It is available on itunes, Rhapsody; Orchard, etc.
Presently, Scott  has launched The Creative Arts Music Project where he is offering  over 30  creative music courses and “live” band performance classes and workshops. He welcomes all ages and skill levels…all bands and all musicians wanting to be in a band and to learn about music. See: Music Lessons for more information.
More information on Scott and his teaching can be seen at:  www.cabama.biz and www.fscottmoyer.com.

To reserve lesson times call: 805-529-2348(C) or 805-437-6465 (H).