Born in Summit, New Jersey, Leader, banjo/guitar player, and vocalist Scott Anthony
began playing the banjo when he was 11. The summer before he had heard
another boy play at summer camp in New Hampshire, and was immediately
hooked. Scott was selected to appear on Ted Mack's Amateur Hour in
1962, and played all through high school even though guitar was considered
more of an "in" instrument at the time.
During his 4 years as an undergraduate at Dartmouth College, Scott played in
and then led the "Dartmouth 5", a band originally formed for the Nelson
Rockefeller run for the Presidency in 1963. This was Scott's first semi-professional
experience as a musician, playing with the band at ski resorts in Vermont and
other on- and off-campus jobs.
While attending graduate school studying Ecology and Evolution, Scott
worked part-time on weekends playing with a wonderful piano player named
Walt Pedersen and the legendary Joe Tarto on Tuba at various locations in New Jersey.
He was spending more time painting and playing banjo than studying, and
terminated his graduate school experience after 2 years.
Scott moved to San Francisco in 1974 with no money, no
job, and a 140 lb. Newfoundland Dog. He was very lucky getting a fairly good
job soon after arrival. Scott worked for almost 2 years playing a solo
banjo, pedal-bass, drum machine and vocal stint 5 nights a week at a fairly
up-scale restaurant chain. After this he accidentally heard of an opening for
the intermission spot at Turk Murphy's club, Earthquake McGoon's and held that
job for 8 years until McGoon's on Pier 39 in San Francisco closed.
Since 1984 he has led and had a wonderful time playing in the Golden Gate Rhythm Machine,
as well as Bob Schulz's Frisco Jazz Band, and others. He now makes a living as
a musician, a part-time computer programmer and consultant, and builds custom guitars. When there is free time he devotes it to his original avocation as an artist, painting watercolors and acrylics. He and his wife Karen now live in Pacifica, just south of San Francisco.