Transition from Music to Detective Acting Roles
Scott Ebright began performing when he was nine years old. He built his own string marionettes and hand puppets to perform 20 minute plays. He never thought of following a written script or canned dialogue. Instead, he just vamped impromptu dialogue between the puppet characters as he hid behind the puppet stage curtain operating all the puppet’s movements himself. During his middle grade school years, Scott took on the moniker of “The Great Svengali” and became a magician performing shows in his basement or for grammar school assemblies around town. Scott’s first brief TV appearance took place in 1960 during a 30 minute show broadcast on TV.
Scott’s Inspiration to Play Drums
By the time the Beatles took over the world of pop music, Scott was consumed with one singular ambition: to form a rock and roll band. At the age of 13 he taught himself to play drums by listening to all the songs by the Beatles and other top 40 songs. His favorite drummers were Gene Krupa, Cozy Cole, Sandy Nelson, and Mel Taylor (drummer with the Ventures). In 9th grade, Scott was asked to join an established band known as “The Ides of March”. He traveled all over the Midwest playing at schools, teen nightclubs and outdoor concerts as the Ides of March popularity grew. By the end of the summer of 1967, the Ides and won various rounds of a statewide Battle of the Bands sponsored by WKNX radio from Saginaw, Michigan. Soon afterwards, they recorded their first 45 RPM single which hit the airwaves. Thousands of loyal fans kept requesting the station to play their songs, and as a result, both the “A” and “B” sides of their record climbed up the Radio Station charts.
After taking business and broadcasting classes at college, Scott dropped out and moved to California in 1971 to become a part of the red hot West Coast music scene. The “Summer of Love” had occurred just a few months before when the whole world witnessed visuals of flower children and hippies filling TV newscasts and newspapers with philosophical messages like “make love, not war”.
Feeling the urge to join the counter culture movement, Scott’s hair and beard grew long while he honed his drumming and singing chops with rock bands from Marin County and the San Francisco Bay Area. He was now a part of the wave of the Golden Era of big recording artists like Van Morrison, Jefferson Airplane, Elvin Bishop, Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR), Janis Joplin, Santana, Slay and the Family Stone, Huey Lewis and the News, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Boz Scaggs, Steve Miller Band, Journey, Beau Brummels, Moby Grape, Cold Blood and many more. He loved the vibrant nerve center of all this talent and fame concentrated mostly into a 10 mile square area of Marin County which was considered Hippie Nirvana in it’s day. Ebright’s agency (ESP) managed and promoted bands until the early 1980’s (see Company History). The final chapter of Scott’s drumming career simmered down to landing a studio session jobs in California and Arizona. Several of his recording sessions can be heard on his career bio website: http://www.scottebright.com.
BELOW: Scott Ebright, has performed in the company of all the celebrities shown below. These shows included performing for Geena Davis’ wedding reception, the annual Hyatt Celebrity Tennis Tournaments (Lake Tahoe), Lyle Waggoner’s 25th Wedding Anniversary Party (Sherman Oaks), and New Year’s Eve Shows at casinos and The Del Monte Lodge (Pebble Beach, CA).
Scott pursued acting projects throughout his career whenever time permitted. His first major role in a stage musical was performing the lead role in “South Pacific” as the Frenchman, Emile’ deBecque’. That led to being asked to perform in a summer stock Shakesperian styled play of, “Everyman” when he was 18 years old. Shortly after moving to California, he landed small bit parts in films like “Dirty Harry” (Clint Eastwood), “The Organization” (Sidney Poitier) and “American Graffiti” (Harrison Ford, Ronnie Howard, Richard Dreyfus, directed by George Lucas). He studied film-making at the College of Marin at the same time as actor and comedian Robin Williams. He filmed national TV and radio commercials, and was hired as a live announcer or MC for public and private corporate events.
During the last half of the 1970’s, Scott changed his focus from being a drummer and singer and concentrated more on promotions with the talent agency, “Entertainment Services and Promotions (ESP)”. This agency specialized in producing and managing unique show bands to perform the first ever music tributes in the world to Elvis, The Beatles, and The Beach Boys. This was the same time he partnered up with ICA Talent in Beverly Hills and Dick Clark Productions in order to promote Alan: A Tribute to Elvis and Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles.
BELOW: Interview of Scott Ebright that originally appeared on LIVE TV, WUCM -TV.
“Five Star Rating!” (Amazon.com & Barnes & Noble )
Scott Ebright’s published book, The Soul Beyond Darkness is based on a true mystery in a haunted house experience from the 1970’s. The first printing is sold out, both paperbacks and Hard Covers according to Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Some distributors on the internet may still have books for sale. The next printing is scheduled for early 2013.
NOTE: Prior to a re-printing, this book will get a new cover change and possibly new title. (Much feedback we received from readers pertains to book stores that are confused about where to categorize a haunted house story: “New Age” or of “Fiction”! A new title could alleviate that quandary.
BELOW: Video of opening title credits for the Movie “Soul Searching” – adaptation from “The Soul Beyond Darkness”.
Corporate Consulting and Team Building
During the computer revolution of the 1980’s through the early 1990’s, Ebright expanded his career fields into associations with major corporations. He was hired as an authority by the State of California to present seminars for displaced business executives and he wrote hundreds of resume’s and business proposals for clients. Eventually, a marriage between corporate consulting led to corporate team building and event production. As a Murder Mystery Producer, Ebright concentrated primarily on Murder Mystery Dinner Parties and mystery shows. His business demanded that he devote full-time towards the goal of offering mystery dinner shows of the highest caliber acting and plays possible.
Organizations and Titles Held
1969 – 2007
Owner/President of the following agencies: MurderProductions.com, Ebright Entertainment Enterprises (E3), Entertainment Services and Promotions (ESP), AudioSynTrac Corporation (AST) (Phoenix), Jesse King Enterprises (Florida)
Performed contract work as full-time contractor/employee for ICA Talent (Hollywood), Hilton Pointe Resorts (AZ), Hilton Resort (CA), Hungry Tiger Restaurants (CA), Charlie Brown Restaurants (CA), Triunity Corporation (CA), Bernard Haldane & Associates, (CA), Resume Specialists (CA).
1990 – 2013
Owner, Producer, Director, Actor for Corporate Team Building and Murder Mystery Dinners.
1990 – 1991
Marketing Director – Hilton Hotel, Sacramento (start-up for Pink Cadillac nightclub).
Marketing Director and Start-up consultant for The Classic Jukebox, Roseville, CA.
1983 – 1985
Vice-President and Career Consultant – Bernard Haldane & Associates, Sacramento, CA
1983 – 1985
Start-up Consultant and Marketing/Entertainment Director – Hungry Tiger Restaurants,
Phoenix & Tempe, AZ; Santa Anna, CA, Sacramento, CA, San Francisco Bay Area
1983 – 1985
Vice-Pres/PR director/Founder – Phoenix International Film Festival, AZ
1983 – 1983
Instructor, Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale, AZ
Course name: “Entertainment Marketing”
1982 – 1984
Studio Drummer for Desert Sound Studios, Phoenix, AZ (Sandy Lamont, owner)
1979 – 1980
State Director, California Orchestra Leader’s Association (“COLA”) Palo Alto, CA. Legal association that musicians challenged and won their “right to work” laws in defiance of the American Federation of Musicians.
1977 – 1978
Artist Manager, PR Agent/ICA TALENT, Los Angeles, CA. Hired by Chet Actis to help manage and promote two WORLD CLASS acts: ALAN: A Tribute to Elvis and RAIN: A tribute to the Beatles. Dick Clark (American Bandstand) was associate producer.
1976 – 1977
President of Jesse King Enterprises, Inc., also managed band and performed as drummer. Winter Park, FL
1966 – 1980
Performed as a drummer and singer in several bands from Michigan, California and Arizona:
The Ides of March (Michigan), The Thompson Brothers (Marin Country, CA), Kid Kahoutek and the Shooting Stars (Marin County, CA), Cruisn’ (Alameda County, CA), Hang 10 and the Surfmen (San Francisco), Jesse King as Elvis (San Francisco), The Chris James Jazz Trio (Sonoma County, CA), and other bands comprised of various musicians from the Vanilla Fudge, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Tower of Power, and many more.
San Francisco Board of Review award. “HALL OF FAME AWARD” and “Best Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Show”. These Awards followed-up similar winnings from previous awards as described in paragraph below.
San Francisco Board of Review award. “Best Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Show”. Award based on several criteria: over-whelming positive public feedback in the entertainment industry and on the internet. Also based upon positive and successful business promotions and successes contributing to the San Francisco Bay Area economy. Other merits were also cited. Click on “AWARDS” section for more details.
Gold Record Award: Voted “Best for DJ Industry” – San Francisco. Bay Region. Richie Faber – Director:, San Francisco – San Rafael – Santa Rosa, CA
Voted “TOP ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR” by the Hotel Management Association. Received a First-Place trophy award among a field of 250 competitors in the U.S.
Charlie Brown’s (formerly Hungry Tiger) Restaurants, Inc, Van Nuys, CA “Most Successful Entertainment Director and promoted to Start-Up Consultant.” (#1 out of 39 properties)
Honorary Award, Arizona Songwriters Assoc., Phoenix, AZ
1st PLACE TROPHY for “TOP Club Disc Jockey”, Hotel Association of America.
“BEST ACT” Award, Marin County, CA – Flag Day & Centennial Concert
BEST ENTERTAINER Award for Half-time show entertainment, San Francisco 49’ers, Candlestick Park, San Francisco
Winner of “Battle of the Bands”, with band, “The Ides of March”, Bay City, Michigan.