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Scott Watson

Professor of Tuba-Euphonium at the School of Music of the University of Kansas, an association that dates back to 1979. His solo efforts can be heard on his “Thoughts of a Cow“ Solo CD and the educational recordings “Stepping Stones for Tuba, Volume I & II”, on Potenza Records. He was elected and served as President of the International Tuba Euphonium Association from 1999-2001 and currently serves on the Association’s Advisory Board.

Scott is Principal Eb tuba of the acclaimed Fountain City Brass Band of Kansas City which is the most successful brass band in American history, having won eight North American titles, seven U.S. Open titles, and their historic Scottish Open win in 2009. He is also the inaugural Music and Artistic Director of the Free State Brass Band since 2014. In 2018 he served as Principal Tuba of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Australia as part of its MSO Ambassador Program. While there, he taught at the Conservatorium of Music, the University of Melbourne, Victoria School of the Arts, as well as being Principal Eb tuba of the Glenferrie (Kew) Brass Band. Scott is a member of the Infinity Brass Quintet of the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Festival and the Kansas City Brassworks. Along with friend Winston Morris, he founded the tuba-euphonium chamber orchestra Symphonia that recorded three groundbreaking albums on Mark Records. He has been tubist in his career with such ensembles as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Brevard Music Center Orchestra, the Crested Butte Music Festival Orchestra, along with regular performances with the Kansas City Symphony. He has concertized all over the world including Russia, China, Poland, Germany, France, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia. As a conductor he has worked with such groups as the Capital City Brass Band, the Glenferrie (Kew) Brass Band, the Mansfield University Brass Band, the KU Brass Ensemble, the International All-Star College Tuba Ensemble, The International All-Star High School Tuba Ensemble, and the Thunder All-Star Tuba Euphonium Ensemble, all on prestigious conferences and/or concert series.


As a teacher, his legions of former students can be found throughout orchestras, major military service bands, in college-university positions, and acclaimed public school music programs across the United States. In 2022 he was awarded the Daniel Perantoni Award for Excellence in Teaching by the International Tuba Euphonium Association. Scott was on the faculty each summer at the North American Brass Band Summer School in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada) from 2015-2022.

Scott Watson is a proud Artist-Clinician for Besson Tubas through Buffet Crampon.

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