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Alfred Reed Collection


Alfred Reed Collection
Reed, Alfred
Collection number:
2.00 Linear Feet
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Special Collections in Performing Arts
Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Contact the curator:

Alfred Reed (1921-2005) was a composer, arranger, and conductor in the U.S. His birth name was Alfred Friedman but by the time he was ten, he was playing trumpet professionally under the name Alfred Reed. From 1938 to 1942, he was a staff composer, arranger, and assistant conductor for the Radio Workshop in New York. His next positions were as associate conductor of the 529th U.S. Air Force Band, and as staff composer and arranger for NBC and ABC. In 1953 he became conductor of the Baylor University Symphony Orchestra, where he also earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music. From 1955 until 1966 he was executive editor at Hansen Publications. After that he taught at the University of Miami, where he began a program in music business, the first of its kind. He retired in 1993. Reed wrote over 250 works, mostly for wind band. He also appeared as a guest conductor with wind ensembles throughout the world. This collection consists of 11 sketches, 7 condensed manuscript scores, and 19 full manuscript scores for several of Reed's original compositions and arrangements. All documents are in Reed's hand.

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