C. Douglas Scott

   Doug Scott was a trombone and bass player. He taught at Lake Weir HS from 1970-1972 and Forest HS from 1972-1980. He was a mentor to several Ocala area band directors such as John Leschak (Lake Weir HS-retired) and Alonzo Braddon (Vanguard HS-retired) Early in their careers. He taught several students who became band directors as well, such as David Fritz (Fort King Middle) and Jim Peronto (Bradford MS- Retired) while at Forest High School.

   During his tenure he was active in the Florida Bandmasters Association, having been instrumental in introducing several directors to the organization and having served on the FBA State board as a District Chairman in the late 70’s. He was in charge during an expansion period of the Forest HS Band program, having two concert bands and a Jazz-Rock Band, all having several performances throughout the year. He was known for his rigid but fair sense of discipline and his 4 tiered "Musicianship" System, which is still in use today at Lake Weir HS.The band program was at it's peak memberships, nearly 120 members, during his time at Forest High School. Former Students remember that he arranged much of his own music for the marching band, pit orchestra, and concert band.  He taught private lessons to many area students as was known to play Bass Guitar in several local groups. He helped to organize the Ocala Festival Orchestra, which is today known as the Ocala Symphony. Their first rehearsals were done using the FHS Band room and Mr. Scott was the conductor the first 2 years of the orchestra.

 

   He was active with the College of Central Florida (then known as Central Florida Junior College) providing many of the musicians for the pit orchestra for their theater productions using the band members from FHS. He encouraged many of his to students to participate in local performing opportunities such as at Six Gun Territory, the junior college, and with local combos and rock bands in the Ocala and gainesville areas. His connection to the Junior College was instrumental in helping to establish the First Annual Marion All-County Honor Band, as the clinics and rehearsals were help at the Junior College. During his tenure, FHS received many superior rating at both Concert and Marching MPA's and attended the State Concert MPA several times. The marching band recieved many invitations to perform in parades all around Florida and the concert band perform at several events around Ocala and Gainesville.

 

   At the end of the 1980 school year, Mr. Scott left Forest High School to pursue a career in the aerospace industry in Arizona. He was still performing on a semi-professional basis in Arizona for several years afterwards.