Dale C. Reed, November 16, 1949 – December 25, 2012

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Dale C. Reed

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.

3 thoughts on “Dale C. Reed, November 16, 1949 – December 25, 2012

  1. Phillip Ricafort says:

    Dale, you are sorely missed. You were a bright and shining example of the potential each of us has to spread joy and laugher to one another, and make this world a better place. We are all better off having known you even though it was for far too short a time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your friends and family. -Phillip Ricafort and the staff at Flora Restaurant,Oakland

  2. Miles Warren says:

    I don’t even know how this popped up in my search, but it is further proof of your expansive and profound life. You touched many people near and far and I am so grateful for our 20-year friendship. Your presence, guidance and inspiration (okay, nagging…LOL) are sorely missed. My life will never be the same after this, but I thank you for everything you’ve taught and inspired me to be.

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