Marion A. Scott, a native of South Carolina, taught in Brevard County, Florida schools for 39 years. From 1959 to 1965 he served as Band Director at Southwest Junior High School in Melbourne. In 1965 he founded the Merritt Island High School Band when the school opened, and directed the group until 1975. The school’s instrumental program included a 230-piece marching band, wind ensemble, symphonic band, woodwind and brass ensemble classes, concert band, two jazz ensembles, and a jazz theory class. He retired as Director of Bands at Brevard Community College, Cocoa Campus (now Eastern Florida State College) in 1999.
Mr. Scott has earned the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Georgia, and Master of Music in Performance from the University of South Florida. His professional affiliations include Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha, ASBDA (for which he served as State Chairman), MENC, NAJE, CBDNA, and the Florida Music Educator’s Association. He has also been active in the Florida Bandmaster’s Association, in which he has held the position of District Chairman of the FBA Board of Directors, and has served on the FBA Stage Band Committee.
Mr. Scott has served as an adjudicator for concert, solo, ensemble, and stage band contests throughout Florida. He has served as Conductor/Clinician for various music festivals throughout Florida, such as the All-State Jr. College Band in 1976, All-State Reading Bands in 1977 and 1978, All-State Junior High Concert Band in 1980, Brevard All-County Junior High School Band in 1982, Hillsborough All-County High School Band in 1986, and the Brevard All-County High School Band in 1988 and 1998. In 1985 he established the Brevard Community Band (currently known as the Community Band of Brevard).
Mr. Scot has played with many name bands, including the Harry James Orchestra, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Tex Beneke Tribute Orchestra, Terry Myers Benny Goodman Tribute Orchestra, and others. He currently plays with the Sanford Jazz Ensemble and is the leader of the Space Coast Swing Ensemble.