Associate Band Director – Percussion Instructor
Michael Reed is in his sixth year as Associate Director with the Berkner Area Band Program. Mr. Reed’s position involves Co-Directing the Percussion Program at Berkner High School with Scott Ward. They also oversee the percussion sections at Liberty and Apollo Junior High Schools. His teaching responsibilities at Berkner include both the Varsity and Junior Varsity Battery Sections, teaching and conducting the Percussion Ensemble class, preparing students for successful TMEA All-Region, -Area, and -State level auditions, preparing soloists and ensembles for the Chamber Music Recital and Festival, and co-directing both the Percussion Ensemble Concert and the Spring Showcase performance. At each Junior High School, Mr. Reed instructs the Intermediate Percussion classes, assists with the Concert Band and Symphonic Band rehearsals, and conducts master-classes and sectionals for the percussion sections of each band.
Before starting at Berkner, Mr. Reed was the Assistant Director of Bands at Langham Creek High School in Houston, Texas from 2001 – 2003. While at Langham Creek, he had the opportunity to help the band to a Texas 5A State Marching Band Contest appearance. Additionally, he helped the Symphonic Band attain the title of Texas 5A State Honor Band, followed by performances at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, and the renowned Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Mr. Reed received a Bachelor of Science (emphasis in music education and percussion performance) from Texas A&M University – Commerce. Mr. Reed performed with the Wind Ensemble (co-principal), “Pride” Marching Band Drumline, Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band, and the Pep Band. His principal instructors were Bobby Francis (conducting & methods), Dr. Jeff Emge (conducting), and Dr. Brian A. West (percussion). Additionally, he was named the university’s Mayo Scholar (formerly Regents Scholar) for 1997, an honor bestowed on only 34 students in the school’s history.
Mr. Reed is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Percussive Arts Society, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity.
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