Musicians Movement Blue Springs
Career Music Educators Serving School Musicians, Music Directors and Driven Performers
Specializing in Performance Driven, Technology Based Music Instruction
Danny Reid, Owner & Curriculum Director
Mr. Reid began his formal music education at Missouri Southern State University after graduating from Webb City High School in 1987 under the direction of Mr. Bill Punch. Prior to his university years, Reid studied piano with Mrs. Mary Harutun of Joplin, Missouri, a University of Missouri Kansas City piano performance graduate, “National Piano Guild” member and piano activist. In 1993 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas with primary emphasis in percussion, classical piano, and jazz piano. While there Reid studied formally with Dr. Gary Parks, University of Missouri KansasCity percussion performance graduate. Other formal studies include jazz piano legend James Williams and guitarist Monty Musa of Kansas City.
From 1993-2000 Reid served as a head band director in the Aldine Independent School District, Houston, Texas. During his tenure he was held fully accountable for the recruitment, development, and success of a new program, which he grew from 0 students to 180 at its peak. These students fed the internationally acclaimed MacArthur High School Jazz Band in Houston; featured regularly at Texas state conventions, the International Association of Jazz Educators Conferences, and other recognized venues.
Mr. Reid presently resides in Kansas City, Missouri and is a Staff Music Associate at First Baptist Church of Raytown. He served as the Musical Director for the Contemporary Praise Band until his acceptance as the Assistant Director of Orchestras. He performs with various ensembles, and specializes in arranging and transcribing for them. Reid is recognized for high performance standards on multiple instruments including piano, Hammond B-3, keyboards, drums and percussion. He has appeared with James Williams, Christian McBride, Sharon Montgomery, Gary Weldon, Alicia Williamson, Horace Alexander Young, Wendell Brooks of the Simon Phillips Band, Clay Walker, Steve Dunn, David Winkler and others. His performance experience covers a wide spectrum of musical styles including jazz, R & B, soul, funk, gospel, pop, C&W and more. He currently offers clinician services with partner Jim Doney in order to meet higher performance expectations and solutions for churches and music organizations. He formerly was the musical director, keyboardist and founder of the “Uptown Players” writing and arranging regularly for the ensemble. Prior to his position at Raytown, Reid was the instrumental worship director at Humble Area First Baptist Church in Houston, Texas.
In August of 2009, Reid founded the Musicians Movement Kansas City (www.musiciansmovement.com). Details can be found on the home page. Professional organizations include the International Association of Jazz Educators Missouri Music Educators Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Teachers Piano Guild, Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society and the Southern Baptist Convention.