From randomly pounding away on a 1990s Yamaha 100-voiced keyboard as a child, to now writing for orchestra, Reid has had a unique and rewarding compositional career to date.
Reid grew up in the Northern Chicago suburbs and attended Bradley University where he studied piano, cello, and composition as well as marketing. He was honored with several music and piano scholarships and composed the first-ever student performed orchestra piece. After graduation, Reid was chosen to participate in the Merry-Go-Sound Screen Music Program where he gained crucial knowledge from world-renowned video game and film composers. Reid’s latest achievement is becoming a published composer through M&M Music Press. The recently published piece, “Sound in the Wind” (for flute and piano), has been described as a “delicate and well-crafted poetic gem” as well as “beautifully written”. In addition to writing for flute and piano, Reid has vast experience composing for solo-voice, chamber groups, choir, band and orchestra.
Reid’s signature composition approach is two distinct styles. The first comprises long lyrical-like melodies, gentle accompaniment, use of modes and common tonality. The second style greatly contrasts with fast-tempo, atonality, syncopation, changing time signatures, and an overall dark sound.
Ultimately, Reid’s goal is to write both contemporary-classical compositions and for video games.