Taylor Watts joined the faculty of Kell High School as the Associate Director of Bands in 2013. He serves the band program as the primary conductor of the Symphonic, Concert, and Jazz bands throughout the school year and guides the Kell Leadership Training Program during the spring semester. During his tenure at Kell, he has had the honor of conducting the Wind Ensemble at the Georgia Music Educators Association conference, performing with the Kell saxophone octet, and assisting the marching band in winning several BOA class champion awards.
A native of Kennesaw, Georgia, Mr. Watts graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia Honors Program with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education in 2013. During his time at UGA, he served as the drum major of the Redcoat Marching Band for three years and worked with the Symphonic Band as a guest conductor. Additionally, he was named the Presser Scholar in 2012, having been voted by the faculty of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music as the most outstanding undergraduate music major. His studies include conducting with Dr. John Lynch and saxophone with Dr. Connie Frigo, Dr. Joseph Wytko, Dr. Stephen Fischer, and the late Dr. Kenneth Fischer.
Mr. Watts works actively as a clinician, adjudicator, and private lessons instructor for both saxophone and conducting. His professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, National Band Association, Georgia Music Educators’ Association, and Kappa Kappa Psi honorary band fraternity.