Scott Watson, born 1962 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania has composed for concert, radio, and theater and received recognition for his work from ASCAP, the American Composers Forum, the American Music Center and others. About Watson's music, The Instrumentalist says "outstanding...with beautiful melodies and interesting harmonies" (Mark Hosler), Percussive Notes says "written with supreme craft" (Cort McClaren), PMEA News says "Watson skillfully transforms his zest for life into his own brand of unique musical exuberance. His scoring for winds, brass, and percussion is excellent" (Kenneth Laudermilch), and the Allentown Morning Call says "Watson exhibited a great deal of skill in managing the resources of the orchestra...he will very likely become a force to be reckoned with" (Philip A. Metzger). His music for band has several times been named to Bandworld Top 100 and Japan Band Clinic Yamaha Recommends 100 Pieces for Band listings, and is frequently named J.W. Pepper “Editor’s Choice.”
Recent projects include commissions for MusicAlliance (Ohio) Summer Honor Band Camp (with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts); the Lehigh County (Pennsylvania) Bandmasters Association, the Massachusetts Instrumental & Choral Conductors Association; the International Horn Society Meir Rimon Fund; and an American Composers Forum Continental Harmony project commission for the Twin Falls (Idaho) Municipal Band. Watson has been pleased and honored to serve as guest conductor and/or adjudicator for various band festivals as well.
Watson received his MM and DMA in Composition from Temple University. He now teaches instrumental and elective music in the Parkland School District (Allentown, PA). In addition, He serves as adjunct professor teaching music education/music technology courses for Villanova University, Cairn University, and Central Connecticut State University and Applied Composition for Valley Forge Christian College.