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His life was intertwined with music almost from birth. His parents loved good music and made it part of their daily lives; as a result he was well acquainted with most of the standard symphonic and operatic repertoire while Reed was still in elementary school.
Beginning formal music training at the age of 10 as a trumpet player, he was already playing professionally while still in high school, and shortly thereafter began the serious study of harmony and counterpoint theory and harmony with John Sacco, and later as a scholarship student of Paul Yartin.
Following his release, he enrolled at the Juilliard School of Music to study under Vittorio Giannini, and from there, in , became a staff composer and arranger with NBC and subsequently, with ABC, where he wrote and arranged music for radio, television, record albums and films. The work received its first performance in , and was subsequently published in During his two years at Baylor, Alfred Reed also became interested in the problems of educational music at all levels of performance, especially in the development of repertoire materials for school bands, orchestras, and choruses.
This led, in , to his accepting the post of executive editor of Hansen Publications, a major music publishing firm in New York, and for the next 11 years was deeply concerned with the problems of educational music.
He left this position in to become a professor of music in the School of Music at the University of Miami where he worked with composer and arranger Robert Longfield from to He held there a joint appointment in the Theory-Composition and Music Education departments, and was chairman of the department of Music Media and Industry and director of the Music Industry Program at the time of his retirement.
He established the very first college-level four-year Music Industry program at the University of Miami in , which led other colleges and universities to follow suit. In , following the retirement of his old friend and colleague, Dr.
In addition to winning the Luria Prize in , he has been awarded over 60 commissions… with more on the way! At the time of his death, he had composition commissions that would have taken him to the age of ! He also wrote a multitude of 3-minute musical sequences for sound-track library recordings. His work as a guest conductor and clinician has taken him to 49 states, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Japan, Australia and South America, and for many years, al least eight of his works have been on the required list of music for all concert bands in Japan, where he is the most frequently performed foreign composer today.
He left New York for Miami, Florida, in , where he made his home until his death. Notable Works and Arrangements.
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