Richard Watson, a native of northwestern Ohio, has been instructor of low brass instruments at Valparaiso since 1994. Prior to coming to Valpo he was principal tubist of the Honolulu Symphony for twelve years, and during that time was a guest performer with the orchestras of Philadelphia, Houston, St. Louis, and Utah. He holds degrees in Tuba Performance from the University of Michigan and Northwestern University. His teachers have included Abe Torchinsky, Arnold Jacobs, Roger Bobo, Tommy Johnson, and Roger Rocco. In addition to his duties at Valpo, he teaches private students in the schools systems of Valparaiso and LaPorte, and is a member of the LaPorte (IN) Symphony. He also keeps a busy performance schedule in salsa, R&B, and jazz music with Orquesta Iluziones, Luv Jones, and Together. Mr. Watson's love of teaching goes beyond music: he is an avid motorcyclist and a nationally certified instructor for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. He holds the position of site co-ordinator and administrator for the ABATE of Indiana's South Bend Motorcycle Safety Program.