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 others.
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 composes, arranges and performs for various ensembles, and is a music transcription expert. Some of his work can be reviewed by logging on towww.mystaffarranger.com, a partner business web site. Reid is also recognized as a multi-functional performing artist and is frequently featured as a well-respected pianist, percussionist and drummer. 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 broad performance experience covers a wide spectrum of musical styles to include jazz, R & B, soul, funk, gospel, pop, C&W and more. He remains active in symphonic and orchestral atmospheres as well. A former member of groups such as “Generation Gap” and “HighRize”, Reid is currently the Musical Director, founder and keyboardist of the “Uptown Players” (www.uptownplayerskc.com), 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), an organization re-shaping music education by providing consultation, solutions and first rate educational services to local music directors and students of music. The “Movement” was conceived to provide contemporary instruction and hybrid areas of study not being offered by other local businesses that provide music educational services. The technology driven curriculum is designed through the eyes of local educators, and is tailored to meet the demands of their programs and current trends in music education, without the distractions associated with music retail. The staff hosts only qualified educators and prides itself on providing “industry standard” instruments and tools for students to train and perform on. In addition to his responsibilities with the Movement, Reid is currently contracted as a clinician to work with various percussion and jazz ensembles. These include drum lines and small combo groups. Some contracts are lengthy lasting over a marching season for example, while others are one time clinics such as a jazz rhythm section or combo session. Recent groups includes the award winning St. Charles West High School, seen regularly at the Missouri Music Educators Association conference, and Ray-Pec High School.
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.