Ron Reid

Ron Reid is a multi-instrumental musician with a burning passion for music. Music that celebrates his rich Caribbean heritage is especially important to Ron Reid. For the past 30 years, this Trinidadian-born steel drummer, bassist, composer/educator, has been a leading light in improvisational Caribbean music. Ron started his career in Lord Kitchener’s Calypso Revue Tent as a bass player in 1978. He has recorded and performed with a number of calypso artists including Shadow, Lord Relator and Ella Andall. Ron composed music for many television programs in Trinidad and Tobago, including Who the Cap Fits?, Morral, Caribbean Eye and The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon. He is also the composer of the Gayelle TV theme. He was also the Trinidad Theatre Workshop’s Musical Director for Derek Walcott’s Joker of Seville and Dream on Monkey Mountain. He also performed at the Boston’s Hasty Pudding Theatre’s premiere of Steel. Sunsteel, his steelpan-infused sextet, performs a diverse mix of Trinidadian folk music, afro-Caribbean music and jazz compositions. It also includes some of Boston’s most talented musicians. Ron plays pan with David Williams’ Jā€™ouvert and Calabash in Toronto, Canada. He has also recorded as a steel drummer with a variety of artists, including Grace Kelly, Bill Harley, and Myanna. Ron is a jazz bassist and has performed with Randy Weston (Carmen Lundy), Lenora Helm, Antonio Hart, and Lenora Helm. Ron is Associate Professor of Contemporary Writing u0026 Production at Berklee College of Music. He also teaches arranging classes and Steelpan and Afropop ensembles. Visit

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