Sean Scot Reed has achieved an international reputation as a trombonist and educator, having performed in the United States, Japan, China, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Israel, Thailand, Vietnam, Germany, Austria, France and Italy. He is the former 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, and 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 and a Bachelor’s degree in Trombone Performance from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Reed has also performed with the Houston Symphony, Bangkok Symphony, the Siam Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, the Austin Symphony, and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.
Equally at home in classical, jazz and avant-garde circles, Dr. Reed has performed with a wide range of notable ensembles and celebrities including: 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 Disney World College All-American Band, 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.
Dr. Reed has served as Assistant Professor of Trombone, Euphonium and Jazz Ensemble at Arkansas Tech since his arrival in Russellville in fall of 2012. Prior to his tenure at ATU, Dr. Reed was the Director of Brass Studies at New York University. Dr. Reed lived in Southeast Asia before returning to New York, teaching as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory at the National University of Singapore and as an Assistant Professor of Trombone at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. Dr. Reed served as Executive Director of the Southeast Asian Youth Orchestra and Wind Ensemble conference (SAYOWE 2005), Dr. Reed traveled throughout Southeast Asia, and auditioned young musicians from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar, and the Philippines to work with internationally renowned soloists and conductors.
In the five years that Dr. Reed has been at ATU, he has directed numerous all-region jazz ensembles in Arkansas, and in 2015, he directed the second All-State Jazz Ensemble at the Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association convention in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He has presented, as a clinician, at the Arkansas Bandmasters Association Convention (Little Rock), and at the Arkansas Music Educators Association convention (Hot Springs). In January of 2018, Dr. Reed will be a jazz clinician at the Four States Bandmaster’s Convention and Clinic in Texarkana.
Dr. Reed Continues to perform and serve as a clinician on the national and international level as well. Recent performances include the Texas Christian University Trombone Summit (Ft. Worth, TX), and the International Trombone Festival (Rochester New York). In summer of 2017, Dr. Reed performed, as part of an on-going collaboration, with trumpeter Masahiro Makihara and the Masahiro Makihara Quartet in the Nonaka Anna Hall in the Shibuya Ward of Tokyo, Japan. In January of 2018, Dr. Reed was made an honorary lifetime member of the Four States Bandmasters Association.