Professor Ron Reid attended Trinity College from 1968 to 1973. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Berklee College of Music and a Master of Arts degree from Tufts University in the USA. He is currently an Associate Professor of Contemporary Writing and Production at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
After leaving Trinity College Ron worked as a Librarian but left that job to become a professional Musician. He started his career as a Bassist in the late Lord Kitchener’s Calypso Review Tent in 1978 and has performed with an honour roll of Calypso and Soca Artistes including Sparrow, Shadow, Relator, Ella Andall and David Rudder. He has composed music for several television programmes in Trinidad including Who the Cap Fits, Morral, Caribbean Eye, The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon and most notably the theme for Gayelle TV. He has also been musical Director for the Trinidad Theatre Workshop’s production of Derek Walcott’s Taylor of Seville and Dream on Monkey Mountain.
Ron is the Founder and Arranger of Sunsteel, Caribbean pan jazz sextet which performs an eclectic mix of Trinidadian folk, afro Caribbean and jazz compositions and includes some of Boston’s finest Musicians. Ron shares his pan playing talent with David Williams’ J’ouvert and Calabash of Toronto, Canada and as a steel drummer, Ron has recorded with diverse artistes such as Myanna, Grace Kelly and Bill Harley. As a Jazz Bassist, he has performed with Randy Weston, Carmen Lundy, Lenora Helm, Antonio Hart and Reid, Wright and be Happy.
Ron has distinguished himself as an innovative bassist, pannist, composer and educator. He has guided and supported many budding individuals and groups to reach their potential in the field of music. His academic pursuits have led him to the position of Associate Professor in one of the world’s leading music schools where he continues to influence musical talent.
His accomplishments and contributions have helped to cement the pan as an accepted musical instrument and have furthered the appeal of Caribbean music genres.
The Trinity College Alumni Association acknowledges the achievements of Ron Reid as an accomplished Musician, Educator and cultural Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago and readily admits him into its Hall of Fame.