Bob Watson was born in Greenville, NC and attended public schools there. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music from East Carolina University and received a Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois where he was able to realize his dream of studying band arranging with Mark Hindsley. Watson taught band for thirty years in Virginia and North Carolina, the last twenty-three years as band director at Louisburg High School in Louisburg, NC. Retired from teaching, he devoted his full attention and energy to researching and editing some of the great foreign marches that have never been available in this country in American edition. He was a member of the North Carolina Music Educators Association, the North Carolina Bandmasters Association, the Music Educators National Conference, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. We here at TRN are saddened by his passing in 1992.