Texas native Kelly Watkins is thrilled to begin her tenure as the LGBAC’s Symphonic Band Artistic Director in 2013. For more than a decade she has been steadfastly immersed in the rich sonorities of the wind band realm and her profound musical experiences from the podium are due in great part to her study with Dr. Mallory Thompson, H. Robert Reynolds, Frank Battisti and Dr. James Patrick Miller.
A professional trumpet player by day, Kelly has served as a member of the United States Coast Guard Band since 2003. Additionally, she is a member of the USCG Brass Quintet and has performed with the New England Brass Band (Boston) as both cornet and flugelhorn soloist. In 2009 and 2012, Kelly was awarded first prize in the North American Brass Band Association Adult High Brass Slow Melody Solo Competition and in 2003 was awarded the Grand Prize at the International Women’s Brass Conference Solo Competition. Additionally, she has been a prizewinner in the 2001 and 2002 International Trumpet Guild Solo Competitions and in the 2002 National Trumpet Competition.
Kelly received a Bachelor of Music in trumpet performance from Northwestern State University in Louisiana and a Master of Music in trumpet performance from Illinois State University, as well as having pursued additional studies in Arts Administration at Boston University. She is an active member of the International Women’s Brass Conference currently serving on the Board of Directors, and has previously served as President and as the Executive Director.
In her spare time, Kelly enjoys spending time with her partner Amanda at their home in Connecticut, baking and volunteering in her community as a CT State Emergency Medical Technician.