Congratulations to Alfred Watkins, Lassiter High School band director, for his induction into the Bands of America Hall of Fame on March 1 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The hall recognizes individuals who have made an impact on music education.
Mr. Watkins has been Director of Bands at Lassiter for twenty-six years. The Lassiter Band’s numerous credits with Bands of America include: winner of the National Marching Band Championships in 1998 and 2002 and winner of 8 regional BOA marching championships dating back to 1988. He is an adjudicator of numerous fall marching band activities, is a member of the BOA Educational Advisory Board and serves as a clinician/lecturer at the BOA Summer Symposium.
Under his tutelage, the Lassiter Band has marched in three Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parades, twice in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and performed on numerous times at some of the most prestigious concert venues in the country. He has received 10 Citations of Excellence from the National Band Association for outstanding concert performances on regional or national stages. Mr. Watkins is a much sought after conductor/lecturer having conducted all-state bands in seven states, in addition to having presented lectures on several college campuses.
The BOA Hall of Fame recognition represents the third Hall of Fame induction for Mr. Watkins. He was inducted into the Florida A&M University (his alma mater) Hall of Fame in 1987 and in 2005, he was inducted the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, the Hall of Fame for America’s school, university and professional wind band conductors. Cobb County Instrumental Music Supervisor, Gary Markham, is the only other Georgian inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame.