Chief Musician Kelly Watkins, trumpet, hails from the great state of Texas. A featured soloist with the band on numerous occasions, MUC Watkins is also a member of the United States Coast Guard Brass Quintet. In addition to her work with the USCG Band, Kelly is the Principal Solo Cornet with the New England Brass Band.
Prior to joining the Coast Guard Band in February 2003, Kelly performed with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Opera Illinois, and the Illinois State University Faculty Brass Quintet. In April 2009, Watkins was awarded first prize in the North American Brass Band Association Adult High Brass Slow Melody Solo competition and in 2003 was awarded the grand prize at the International Women’s Brass Conference Solo Competition. Additionally, she has been a prize-winner in the 2001 and 2002 International Trumpet Guild Solo Competitions and in the 2002 National Trumpet Competition.
Kelly holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern State University of Louisiana and a Master of Music degree from Illinois State University. She is an active member of the International Trumpet Guild and also serves as the Executive Director of the International Women’s Brass Conference.