Ken Watson

Kenneth C. Watson is a free-lance oboist and composer/arranger. After earning his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition from Southern Methodist University in 1974, he was selected to join the U.S. Marine Band, “The President’s Own,” in Washington, DC. Two and a half years later, he decided to pursue a career as a regular Marine line officer, and went on to fly A-6E Intruder and EA-6B Prowler jets. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1997 as a Lieutenant Colonel after 23 years of service.

Ken then worked in a network security startup which was later acquired by Cisco Systems. After thirteen years developing critical infrastructure protection policies, procedures, and organizations, he retired from Cisco in 2011.

Ken continued to play oboe avocationally and to write and arrange music. He played in the Corpus Christi (Texas) Symphony Orchestra, and substituted in the San Antonio and Austin symphonies. While stationed on Okinawa with the Marine Corps, he was Associate Principal Oboe in the Okinawa Symphony.

Currently, Ken is working to promote double-reed solo and ensemble playing, by writing for and playing with other double-reed instrumentalists. He is especially focused on building the repertoire for double-reed quartet: two oboes, English horn, and bassoon.

Ken studied oboe with Evelyn McCarty, Don Baker, and Eric Barr. He also participated in oboe study and reedmaking trips to France with John de Lancie and Wayne Rapier.