Aaron Catrell Watson, a Baltimore musician who once jammed with Wynton Marsalis, died of a brain tumor March 30 at his home in the Loch Raven neighborhood of Baltimore County. He was 20.
Mr. Watson was born in Baltimore and raised in Randallstown and West Baltimore. He was 11 years old and a student at Mount Royal Middle School when he began playing trumpet.
"Aaron's music teacher asked that his family help keep him from getting a big head because after three months he played with the experience of someone who had been playing for five years," said his father, Paul Watson of Owings Mills.
Mr. Watson played in several concerts at Peabody Conservatory of Music and in many school concerts, his father said.
"A highlight of his life was when Aaron was invited backstage after a 1999 concert at Peabody to play with Wynton Marsalis," his father said.
Second to music was his love of football, which he began playing as a middle school student.
In 2006, Mr. Watson was diagnosed with the brain tumor that took his life.
"He was about to go to college when his illness came," his father said.
Mr. Watson was a member of Greater Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church in Baltimore, where services were held Saturday.
Also surviving are his wife of five months, the former Catherine Jordan; his mother, Deloise Clark of Towson; two brothers, Ian Clark of Towson and Kenneth Millard of Kentucky; and a sister, Ava Dorsey of Baltimore.