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John Reid

Bass Instructor in Commercial Music

John Reid is a professional, self-employed musician, and Professor in Commercial Music at South Plains College, in Levelland, TX. At SPC, he teaches electric bass guitar, upright bass, acoustic guitar, and music business. John also used to teach bass guitar for the National Guitar Workshop in the summers at various locations throughout the country. John was the editor for Mel Bay Publishing’s now defunct bass webzine, “Bass Sessions”, and is the author of an electric bass instructional book published by Mel Bay called “Mel Bay’s Modern Electric Bass Method, Grade 1”. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 2013 with a Masters of Music Education degree, under the guidance of Dr. Janice Killian. John has been active in the local, Lubbock, TX. music scene since moving here in 1988. He has played all kinds of gigs with almost all of the prominent local bands and musicians. He has performed as a member of the pit orchestra in over four-dozen local musical productions, from “Little Shop of Horrors” to “Hello Dolly” (the actual Broadway touring production featuring Carol Channing as “Dolly”), and most recently, Texas Tech’s productions of “Heathers the Musical” and “Cabaret,” and most recently, “Next to Normal”. He has also been the bassist for numerous musicals produced by the Lubbock Moonlight Musicals company, including “CATS,” “Mary Poppins,” “SHREK,” “Suessical,” “Annie get your Gun”, and others. On string bass, he has performed with the Big Spring Symphony, the Plainview Symphony, the Midland Symphony, the Roswell, NM. symphony, and most recently, the Southwest Symphony located in Hobbs, NM. He studied the upright bass under David Murray, formerly at West Texas A&M University and Dr. Mark Morton at Texas Tech University. John also regularly plays bass for contemporary service on Sundays at the First Christian Church in Lubbock. He also performs with a local jazz group known as the “Alma Quartet,” who released their first CD of original tunes called “Solitude” last year. They also have an R & B/pop ensemble known as “Ginger and the Alchemists’ and an acoustic blues trio called Black Cat Bone. All three groups play gigs regularly in the area.