I am excited to announce another new specialist here at CadenzaOne-- trombonist Sean Reed. We are honored to have Dr. Reed's expertise on the C1 team representing the trombone section. We've asked him to introduce himself and tell you how he got into playing the trombone.
My experiences as a professional trombone player have led me all over the world and I have been very fortunate as a performer and a teacher.
I grew up in Southeast Texas, and joined band when I was 13. My assistant band director was a fine trombone player and he was my first teacher. We are talking about the mid-80's so my first trombone recording was Bill Watrous - Manhattan Wildlife Refuge. My teacher said - this is what a trombone is supposed to sound like. So from that point on, regardless of the fact that a lot of my career would be orchestral and Classical, I was bound to become a Jazz musician as well. In this day and age, I really believe that musicians need to be omnivorous musically and I have made it a personal mission to explore different avenues of music with great respect and effort. I think it is a real mistake to let anyone or anything get in the way of what you are trying to do - especially yourself!
My trombone teachers have included Ronnie Touchstone, Bill Rose, Donald Knaub, David Waters and John Marcellus. I studied at the University of Texas, Rice and Eastman, and this led me to perform and teach in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Israel, Thailand, Singapore and, of course, the U.S. I encourage my students to keep an open mind and make music anywhere they can. In recent years my former students have won positions in major symphony orchestras and gone on for further study in fine DMA programs.
Trombonist Sean Scot Reed has maintained a high profile as an orchestral musician, as well as a soloist, having performed in the United States, China, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Israel, Thailand, Vietnam, Germany, Austria, France and Italy. He was, formerly, the Principal Trombonist of the Thailand Philharmonic, Associate Principal Trombonist of the Israeli Symphony Orchestra, Rishon LeZion, Israel, Principal Trombonist of the Austin Lyric Opera Orchestra, Second Trombonist of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, Principal Trombonist of the Spoleto, Italy Festival Orchestra.
Sean Reed received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trombone Performance and Literature from the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music in 2004, his Master's degree in Trombone Pedagogy from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music (1998) and a Bachelor's degree in Trombone Performance from the University of Texas at Austin (1995).
Dr. Reed has also performed with the Houston Symphony, Bangkok Symphony, the Siam Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, the Austin Symphony, Luciano Pavoratti, Placido Domingo, Rene Fleming, Red Rodney, Duffey Jackson, Steve Houghton, Bob Mintzer, Marvin Stamm, Dave Steinmeyer, Doug Flutie, Frankie Vallie, Freddie Cole, Maria Sneider, Bobby McFerrin, Teo Macero, Bob Sneider, Tim Hagan, Alarm Will Sound, the American Wind Symphony, Chautauqua Institution Festival Orchestra, Scotia Festival, Victoria Bach Festival the North Carolina School of the Arts International Music Program, Brass-Arts Bangkok, the Bangkok Brass Quintet and as Lead Trombonist of the Eastman Jazz Ensemble.
As a conductor, Sean Reed has worked with the Band Director’s Association band of Singapore, the Brighton Symphony Orchestra in Rochester New York, the Mahidol University Percussion Ensemble and New Music Ensemble, and at the Festival of Trumpets concert at the International Trumpet Guild conference in Bangkok.
Dr. Reed was the Executive Director of the Southeast Asian Youth Orchestra and Wind Ensemble conference, bringing together young musicians from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar, and the Philippines to work with internationally renowned soloists and conductors. Recent performances include the Eastern Trombone Workshop and the Kennedy Center.