Andy Watkins, M.M.

Faculty, Percussion

A native of Monticello, IL, Andy Watkins has served as a percussionist and assistant timpanist for the San Diego Symphony since February 2010. He also teaches percussion at Point Loma Nazarene and Cal State Long Beach. Over the years, he has played extensively with many well-known orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Chicago Lyric Opera, New World Symphony, and Sapporo Symphony. Watkins is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Chicago College of Performing Arts, and the New England Conservatory. He has appeared at the Tanglewood Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, and SOAP Festival, among others.


  • Graduate Diploma of Music, New England Conservatory
  • M.M., Roosevelt University 
  • B.M., University of Illinois