Lee Watts Biography

Lee Watts – Trombone


Originally from Ohio, Lee Watts is a graduate of Centerville High School. Watts earned his bachelors degree in music from the University of Kentucky. During his time at Kentucky, Watts won the Eastern Trombone Workshop solo competition. At the end of his undergraduate Watts moved to Atlanta where Lee and several of his colleagues were awarded the International Trombone Association Kai Winding award, given out to the best jazz trombone ensemble every year. Watts also holds a master of music from Georgia State University, where he served as the graduate assistant to Dr. Tom Gibson from 2004-2006.


An active musician in the Atlanta area, Watts serves as bass trombonist for the Atlanta Pops, Carroll Symphony, Joe Gransden Big Band, LaGrange Symphony, and the Macon Pops. Watts is a former bass trombonist with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and has also worked with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Artie Shaw Band, the Cab Calloway Big Band, the Charleston Symphony, the Alabama Symphony, and several regional orchestras. Watts has also had the privilege to work with such artists as Louie Bellson, Big Bad Vodoo Daddy, Art Garfunkle, Wycliffe Gordon, Hillary Hahn, Tom Harrell, Conrad Herwig, Jennifer Holliday, Wynonna Judd, Johnny Mathis, Leanne Rimes, Kenny Rogers, Doc Severinsen, Frank Sinatra Jr., and Three Dog Night and Chris Tomlin.


Lee Watts has been on staff with Milton Band since 2008 serving in various capacities. Watts was the Milton Marching Band visual and music coordinator from 2008-2011. Since that time, he has served as co-director of the Milton Jazz Program. Watts also directs the North Fulton Trombone Cartel, a high school trombone ensemble comprised of his students in the North Fulton County area.