Originally from Marion IA, Ben Reid graduated from Linn-Mar High School in 2009. While there, he spent 2 years as Principal Euphonium in the top concert ensembles under the direction of Steve Stickney, Aaron Nuss, and Dan Terrel. Ben also played lead trombone in the Colton Center Jazz Ensemble, and participated in the Iowa Jazz Champs with the ensemble for the ’08 -’09 school year. Ben was selected as an alternate for the 2007 Iowa All-State Band and in 2008 Ben was accepted into the band. Ben was also awarded the John Philip Sousa Award, Louis Armstrong Award, and placed 2nd in the Northeast Iowa District Major Landers Scholarship competition in 2009.
Ben is currently pursuing his Bachelors of Music Degree in Euphonium Performance at the University of Iowa under the direction of Professor John Manning. Upon entrance to the UI School of Music, Ben received a Music Excellence Award for the ’09-’10 academic year. That same year he also competed in the International Tuba Euphonium Conference’s Young Artist Euphonium Competition. In 2011 Ben placed 3rd at the ITEA Great Plains Regional Tuba Euphonium Competition in the Young Artist Division. Since his admission to the University of Iowa, Ben has received multiple Outstanding Jury Awards from the UI brass faculty. Ben has been involved with many fine ensembles while attending the University of Iowa including Collegium Tubum (the UI Tuba/Euphonium Studio ensemble), Hawkeye Marching Band, UI Symphony Band, and of course the Eastern Iowa Brass Band. Ben has been a featured soloist with the Linn-Mar Wind Ensemble in 2009 and the Cedar Brass ensemble in 2011.
After his undergraduate studies, Ben plans on attending graduate school to earn a Master’s degree in Euphonium Performance. Ben’s dream career is to win one of the D.C. Military Band auditions and be involved with a Military Band for many years.