Frank Watson, Instructor of Bassoon, has had a long and varied career as a professional musician. He has been a member of the Greenville Symphony for over 40 years, and a member of the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra for nearly 20 years. A talented multi-woodwind specialist, Mr. Watson has played with such notable and varied musical artists as Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Robert Goulet, Bob Hope, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Billy Davis and Marilyn McCoo, Glenn Campbell, The Manhattans, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, as well as the touring companies of West Side Story and Chicago.
Mr. Watson retired from a 34-year public school teaching career with 32 years spent teaching Band in Spartanburg School District Six. Mr. Watson has served as an Adjunct Instructor at Furman University, Limestone College and Presbyterian College in addition to Converse. Frank has studied with several respected woodwind artists including Dr. Robert Chesebro (Furman University); Dr. Donald Munsell, Dr. William T. Gower and Dr. Joe Barry Mullins (University of Southern Mississippi); Mr. William Polisi (NBC Symphony); Mr. Carl Vendetti (Charlotte Symphony). Frank holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Furman University (Major in Woodwind Performance) and a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern Mississippi (Major in Bassoon Performance). An avid golfer, Mr. Watson was the 2002 Spartanburg County Senior Amateur Champion, and enjoys playing golf as often as possible.