Grant Reed

Grant R.

Seattle, WA
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Grant delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 9+

Teaching since:

I have studied with some of the finest trombonists in the world, performed in the nation's top orchestras, and am firmly committed to excellence in the trombone field. Music is one of the most indescribably powerful and moving things in the entire world, and I want students to, above all, simply enjoy playing and experiencing this gift. The trombone is, of course, merely a means to an end in this regard; yet its rich, powerful, as well as versatile sound is what particularly draws me to it. My approach to playing the trombone is simple: producing the greatest sound on every note, as easily as possible. I think it is necessary to have the best sound that you can possibly make on the trombone in your head from day one, and to this end, I strive to play as much as possible for and along with the student so that they may develop their own ideal sound concept. I couple this with instruction on all the other fundamentals of trombone playing and music making, such as technique, scales, rhythms, intonation, breathing, etc. But never forget that the ultimate goal is to perform the music the way it goes and to simply sing through the instrument. By this I do not not necessarily mean playing all the correct notes, but instead performing the music in the correct style and context as the composer intended, and always playing musical lines. Remember that music is to be shared with others, and that making a statement with the music we play, in a way expressing our deepest emotions, is what this is all about!

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Jun 2018 - Present
Symphony Tacoma

Trombone and Low Brass Instructor
Mar 2018 - Present
Music Center of the Northwest

Substitute Trombonist
Dec 2016 - Present
Seattle Symphony

Trombone Coach
Oct 2016 - Present
Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra's "Endangered Instruments Program" (EIP)

Coaching young trombonists at Seattle middle schools.

Substitute Trombonist
Dec 2015 - Present
Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra

Substitute Trombonist
Apr 2016 - Jun 2017
Chicago Symphony Orchestra


MM Trombone Performance
Sep 2014 - Jun 2016
Northwestern University Bienen School of Music
BM Trombone Performance and Performer's Certificate
Aug 2010 - May 2014
Eastman School of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Steve Witser Memorial Prize
May 2013
Eastman School of Music


American Federation of Musicians
Oct 2018

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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International Trombone Association
Nov 2010

The general purposes of the International Trombone Association shall be: To promote communications among trombonists around the world, to improve the artistic level of performance, teaching, and literature associated with the trombone family and to function as a clearing house for trombone-related ideas and information

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Photos & Videos

Performing Eugene Bozza's "Trois Pieces for Trombone Quartet" with the Sine Nomine Trombone Quartet. March 2015
Performing Holst's "The Planets" with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. May 2016

A video of me performing the 1st movement from Launy Grondahl's "Concerto for Trombone" with Priscila Yuen at the piano.
Performing Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" with the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. December 2015

Performing the Second Movement of Andre Previn's "Four Outings for Brass" at the Chautauqua Music Festival.  July 2015
Technical/rhythmic etude (study) number 7 by Marcel Bitsch.
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6 Reviews

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Chase W. Jun 23, 2018
Trombone · In home

I now have a better idea of the steps I need to take to begin seeing improvement!

Alexa Jul 27, 2017
Trombone · In home

My son needed some extra help with trombone. He was struggling in his school program and wanted to be better. After studying with Grant for a few months, his band teacher sent me an email about how quickly he is improving and he moved up from last chair to third chair. He is very approchable and my son loves him.

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Maggie Jul 24, 2017
Trombone ·

Grant is an amazing musician. From the 2 years I’ve worked with him, he’s been very professional, great to work with and always plays with a beautiful tone. He is very passionate and knowledgable in both playing the trombone and the music he plays.

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Rachel Jul 24, 2017
Trombone ·

Grant's ability to hear what each student's needs are makes him a great teacher for all levels of players. He likes to work hard while also having a good time, which really resonates with students. We worked together for 2 years and his drive to constantly make the highest quality music really makes him stand out.

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Scott Jul 22, 2017
Trombone · In studio

Very knowledgeable and experienced musician. Highly skilled in both teaching and performance aspects of trombone. Teaching and instruction is tailored to each student's individual skill set and need. I highly recommend...

David Jul 22, 2017
Trombone · In home

Grant was helpful and analytical in his approach to teaching. I would consult him again. He's also a nice guy.

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