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The Spencer County Middle School Seventh Grade Band is excited and honored to have an exceptional musical experience this spring — performing with a professional musician.
Musician third class Ed Reid is a trumpet player in the United States Navy, currently stationed in the Navy Band Great Lakes of Chicago, Illinois. Originally from Frankfort, MU3 Reid studied trumpet performance at Morehead State University and went on to attain a master’s degree in performance from The University of South Florida. While at Morehead State, MU3 Reid studied under trumpet professor Greg Wing, who is well known throughout music circles as one of the best performers in the country. Before joining the Navy, MU3 Reid was a member of the 202nd Army National Guard Band in Kentucky and performed across the state as well as holding a large trumpet studio of students. Now as a Navy Musician, MU3 Reid performs across the Midwest with several different genres of bands and as a trumpet soloist.
MU3 Reid will be performing the piece “The Trumpeter’s Lullaby” with the SCMS seventh grade band. This is a high school level piece of music, which presented a challenging musical situation for the seventh grade band. “We had to make some adaptations to the music to make it more accessible for middle school level musicians but I also know the band students enjoyed the challenge,” said Band Director Taylor Stampfer.
To prepare for this concert, the seventh graders have been working on this piece of music since January.
“We are extremely excited to have one of the best trumpet players from Kentucky perform with us!” said seventh grade trumpet player Austin Cunningham.
MU3 Ed Reid will be performing the solo on the sixth and seventh grade band spring concert at SCMS, which will be Friday, April 20, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
There will be no admission charge, but donations to the band program are appreciated. The concert will be recorded by Stopher Recordings and available for purchase through the SCMS Band Program.