Conn Selmer Educational Clinician
Mr. Watkins, a native of Jackson, Georgia, received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Florida A&M University, with honors in 1976. Prior to his arrival at Lassiter, he served for six years as Director of Bands at Murphy High School in Atlanta, GA. Under his leadership from 1982-2013, the Lassiter Band has grown from its original 78 members to 350 music students. The prestigious program now includes five symphonic bands, two marching bands, a jazz band and numerous performing chamber ensembles. He is the current director of the Cobb Wind Symphony.
Mr. Watkins is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi Band Fraternity, Phi Beta Mu, National Band Association, Black Music Caucus, Music Educators National Conference and World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. He is on the Band Selection Committee of the John Philip Sousa Foundation. He currently serves as an adjudicator for Drum Corp International and Bands of America.