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Alfred Reed (January 25, 1921 – September 17, 2005) was one of America's most prolific and frequently performed composers, with more than two hundred published works for concert band, wind ensemble, orchestra, chorus, and chamber ensemble to his name. He also traveled extensively as a guest conductor, performing in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia.

He was born in New York and began his formal music training at the age of ten. During World War II he served in the 529th Army Air Force Band. Following his military service he attended the Juilliard School of Music, studying under Vittorio Giannini, after which he was staff composer and arranger first for NBC, then for ABC. In 1953 he became the conductor of the Baylor Symphony Orchestra at Baylor University, where he received his B.M. in 1955 and his M.M. in 1956. His master's thesis "Rhapsody for Viola and Orchestra" was awarded the Luria Prize in 1959. He was a member of the Beta Tau Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the national fraternity for men in music.

From 1955 to 1966 he was the executive editor of Hansen Publications, a music publisher. He was professor of music at the University of Miami (where he worked with composer and arranger Robert Longfield) from 1966 to 1993 and was chairman of the department of Music Media and Industry and director of the Music Industry Program at the time of his retirement. He established the very first college-level music business curriculum at the University of Miami in 1966, which led other colleges and universities to follow suit. At the time of his death, he had composition commissions that would have taken him to the age of 115. Many of Reed's wind band compositions have been released as CD recordings by the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra.

Notable works and arrangements

  • Alleluia! Laudamus Te
  • Armenian Dances
  • Ballad For Alto Sax And Band
  • El Camino Real
  • A Christmas Intrada
  • Come, Sweet Death (arrangement of Komm, süßer Tod by Johann Sebastian Bach)
  • A Festive Overture
  • A Festival Prelude
  • First Suite for Band
  • Greensleeves (arrangement)
  • The Hounds of Spring
  • A Jubilant Overture
  • The Music-Makers
  • Ode For Trumpet
  • Othello
  • Praise Jerusalem!
  • Punchinello
  • A Rhapsody For Clarinet And Band
  • Rhapsody for Viola and Orchestra (1956)
  • Russian Christmas Music
  • Second Suite for Band
  • Slavonic Folk Suite
  • A Springtime Celebration
  • A Symphonic Prelude (based on "Black is the Color of my True Love's Hair")
  • "Symphony No. 1"
  • "Symphony No. 2"
  • "Symphony No. 3"
  • "Symphony No. 4"
  • Symphony No. 5
  • The King of Love My Shepherd Is (arrangement)
  • Three Revelations from the Lotus Sutra
  • Viva Musica
  • Victory!

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