Bill Watson is a teacher, performer, composer, musical director and publisher.

He has been Musical Director of the very successful Durham Youth Jazz Orchestra for over 20 years and is also Musical Director of the Sunderland University Big Band.He has taught as a peripatetic brass teacher and until recently was Director of Music at a Comprehensive School, a post he held for 14 years.  He helped to form Youth Jazz Orchestra North and has run jazz courses for Jazz Action and a number of other organisations.  As a trumpet player he has worked in the theatre, television, radio, with brass ensembles, big bands and alongside many of the countries leading jazz performers. His own bands perform a wide range of music and for a variety of events.