DALE C. REED: The early music years.
Cleveland native DALE C. REED, a musician, composer, producer, businessman, manager and founder of BreakThruMgt, Los Angeles, Oakland, Atlanta) passed away at home in Atlanta on Christmas morning 2012. He leaves behind a host of family, friends and colleagues, and shall be greatly missed. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, the second child and only son to Harold and Patsy Reed, both musicians. Dale’s father played clarinet with an early Dizzie Gillespie Band, and his mother, Patsy sang with the original gospel choir Wings Over Jordan.
Dale attended the Cleveland Public Schools where he mastered most of the woodwind instruments, including clarinet, oboe, bassoon, and the tenor, alto, soprano and baritone saxophones. He was a member of the Cleveland all-city Orchestra, as well as a student assistant conductor of the Cleveland Glenville High School Marching Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra and Stage Band, under the Late James O. Turner. Dale played with Greg Bandy, Skip Gibson, Dale graduated from Glenville, and went on to Berklee School of Music in Boston, and then Kent State University, in Kent, Ohio.
In the mid seventies he formed Course of The Electric Messenger, an early electronic/rock/jazz fusion group intermittently featuring Skip Gibson on keyboards, and a host of other regular musicians from Northeast Ohio. Throughout 1976, 1977 and 1978, Course of The Electric Messenger appeared at the Cleveland and Painesville Agora Ballrooms and elsewhere, opening for such acts as Lenny White, the Crusaders, and Roy Ayers.