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Robert Reid

Robert Reid

Robert K. Reid was appointed Director of Athletic Bands at Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA in January of 2014, He approaches his musical duties with the same enthusiasm today as he did when he started his career. A native of Northeastern PA, he is a graduate of Susquehanna University. Mr. Reid retired in 2013 after 34 years as a Music Educator in the Wattsburg (PA) Area School District.

Under his direction, the Seneca Marching Band was the 7-time undefeated Champions of the Lakeshore Marching Band Association….Class AA. The Seneca Concert Band was also recognized for presentations of challenging and innovative concert literature. Their commissioned work, “The Battle of Lake Erie” (1996), was featured, in concert, at the City of Erie’s Bicentennial Celebration. From 1999 until his retirement in June of 2013, Mr. Reid served as Director of Choral Activities in the Wattsburg schools.

In his current position at Mercyhurst University, Mr. Reid directs the Football Athletic Stadium Band and the Green and White Basketball and Hockey Pep Bands. He is also advisor of the Percussion/Drum Line. Mercyhurst University is a member of the PSAC Athletic Conference and is a NCAA Division II School. Their hockey teams; however, play at the Division I level. The University’s athletic program is one of the largest in the nation for a smaller university.

Mr. Reid has done graduate studies at East Stroudsburg University of PA, Edinboro University of PA, and Marywood University. He lists as his teachers and mentors Dr. William D. Revelli, Cyril Stretansky, James Steffy, and Lawrence Cooper. A very busy clinician, and festival/contest adjudicator, he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Lake Erie Fanfare, Inc. and Orchard Beach Park Homeowner’s Association, and is a Music Judge for the Allegany Judging Association, the New York State Field Band Conference, the New York Federation of Contest Judges, and the Pennsylvania Federation of Contest Judges. For many years he was Music Director and Conductor of the Erie Civic Orchestra and the Erie Playhouse Orchestra…..he currently is Musical Advisor and Conductor of the Erie County Clarinet Choir. In addition, Mr. Reid is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, College Band Directors National Association, and Phi Beta Mu International School Bandmaster Fraternity. Mr. Reid currently plays tuba with Park Brass…a religious-based brass ensemble based in North East, PA and recently retired after 29 year as an officer in District 2 of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.

Mr. Reid resides in Erie, PA with his wife, Cynthia S. Carlson-Reid, P.E., a Senior Aero-Space Mechanical Engineer at LORD Corporation, and their son, Adam. Restoring their large, historic 1870’s Victorian home in the Gannon section of downtown and spending time at their Lake Erie beach house occupy their spare time.
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