Bill Waterman joined the faculty at Boise State University in the fall of 2019 as Assistant Professor of Tuba and Assistant Director of Athletic Bands. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Kansas, Master of Music degree from Texas Tech University and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University. Prior to his appointment at Boise State, Dr. Waterman served as faculty for the University of Tennessee at Martin, the University of Michigan at Flint (MI), the Flint Institute of Music (MI), Jackson College (MI), as well as instructing classes at both Michigan State and Texas Tech Universities. Since the summer of 2012 he has also serves on the faculty for Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, MI.
Within the marching arts community, Dr. Waterman brings a diverse background of performing and teaching experience. As a member with the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps he was a two-time top ten DCI Finalist and has taught for the Madison Scouts. While known in the community for his brass playing/teaching, he has also marched and instructed battery percussion. Bill in demand as an adjudicator/arranger and has worked with numerous groups in Kansas, Missouri, Michigan, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas, Colorado, and Idaho.
As a performer, Dr. Waterman’s career is highlighted by a 2011 solo recital given in the world-famous Carnegie Hall (NY). As an orchestral musician, he served as Principal Tuba with the Topeka Symphony Orchestra (Topeka, KS) for nine seasons. He has also performed with the Lansing Symphony (MI), Big Spring Symphony (TX), the Lubbock Symphony (TX), Paducah Symphony (KY), and the traveling Celtic Woman Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, he regularly finds time to collaborate with musicians or conducting on numerous different projects including classical, modern, jazz, pop, and many other musical styles. Please feel welcome to email Dr. Waterman if you’d like to inquire about performances with your ensemble.
An award-winning educator, conductor, arranger, and performer, Dr. Waterman founded the West Star Brass Band (WSBB) of which he served as Musical Director and Conductor during his time in Tennessee. From 2011-2014 he served as music director/conductor for the award-winning Capital City Brass Band (Lansing, MI). During his tenure as music director, the band won back-to-back first place finishes at the 2013 and 2014 at NABBA Championships within the 10-Piece Brass Band category. In 2014, the band also recorded a second-place finish in their section. The CCBB placed third overall at the 2013 US Open Brass Band Championships in St. Charles, IL, where Dr. Waterman’s arrangement of “The Carrollton March” won the award for “best new arrangement or composition.” Dr. Waterman’s passion for English style Brass Banding finds him currently serving his second term on the board of Directors for the North American Brass Band Association (NABBA).
Outside music Dr. Waterman and his wife Lindsey enjoy spending time outdoors like hiking, sporting events, going on walks, and grilling. Additionally, they both enjoy traveling the country taking in new adventures and new sights.