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Mr. Scott Robinson

 

Welcome to the BMMS Band Webpage!

Parents/Students:  I am excited that you have chosen to be a part of the BMMS Band program!  There is a place for everyone in the Cougar Band!    My goal is that each student has a fun and successful experience while participating in band.  If you ever have any questions or concerns,
please contact me regarding 7th and 8th grade band, Scott Robinson, Scott.Robinson@usd497.org
or contact Collin Watgen for 6th Grade, cwatgen@usd497.org


I am looking forward to a wonderful year together! 

 

A little about Mr Robinson

I was born in Fort Riley, KS where my father retired as a Command Sergeant Major.  After graduating from Junction City High School I earned my Instrumental Music Education Degree from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-KC in 1994.  My first teaching position was 6-12 band in Iola, Kansas where I also conducted the Iola Municipal Band.  In 1998 I moved to Lawrence and began at South Jr. High.  During that time period I was a member of the 312th Army Reserve Band as a trumpet player and conductor at the rank of Sergeant.  I am now performing with the DeSoto Brass Band, The Lawrence City Band, the New Horizons Band, the Dixieland 6 and perform/conduct with the Junction City Community Band. 

I am married to Paige Robinson who is the Librarian at Broken Arrow Elementary School. We have three daughters and one very cute granddaughter. 

Teaching has been a tradition in my family. Both of my grandparents were teachers in Illinois. My sister retired from Fredonia, KS as a PE teacher and my brother is a tennis professional in Norman, Oklahoma.  

I have been teaching for almost 30 years and for me, one of the best things about being a band director is teaching beginning band. We start by not knowing how to open the instrument case and within a few months we give a concert!  It is real treat to continue to have the beginners as 7th and 8th graders.  It is very rewarding to be able to see the students advance throughout their time at Billy Mills Middle School.  Thank you for being a part of the Billy Mills Cougar Band!

   

 

A little about Mr. Collin Watgen

Collin Watgen currently works in the Lawrence Public School District as a sixth-grade band director at Billy Mills Middle School, assistant band director at Free State High School for the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and is director of the Firebird Jazz program. He started his career teaching at the charter school Frontier School of Excellence in Kansas City, MO where he created their music curriculum which was comprised of music appreciation, general music, class piano lessons, music history, and started the school’s first band program. 

Mr. Watgen is a graduate of Free State High School and the University of Kansas where he was involved in bands, orchestra, choir, and theater. As a percussionist, he has performed with the Lawrence City Band, Lawrence Community Orchestra, and Kansas City Chiefs Rumble Drumline. Mr. Watgen is a member of the Kansas Music Educators Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and serves as a board member for the Kansas John Philip Sousa Junior Honor Band.

 

 

 

 

  • Mr. Collin Watgen   CWatgen@usd497.org

Mr. Collin Watgen