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Ron Reid is multi-instrumental artist with an overwhelming passion for creating music. Music especially that celebrates his rich Caribbean heritage.

This Trinidadian-born bassist, steel drummer, composer/educator has for the past 30 years has been a standard-bearer for improvisational Caribbean music.

Ron began his career as a bassist in the late Lord Kitchener’s Calypso Revue Tent in 1978 and has recorded and performed with an honor roll of calypso and soca artists, including the Mighty Sparrow, Shadow, Lord Relator, Ella Andall and David Rudder.

Ron has also composed music for several television programs in Trinidad and Tobago including Who the Cap Fits, Morral, Caribbean Eye, The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon, and most notably the theme for Gayelle TV. He has also been Musical director for the Trinidad Theatre Workshop’s productions of Derek Walcott’s Joker of Seville, and Dream on Monkey Mountain as well as a performer for the production premiere of Steel at Boston’s Hasty Pudding Theatre.

His steelpan infused sextet Sunsteel performs an eclectic mix of Trinidadian folk, afro-Caribbean and jazz compositions and includes some of Boston’s finest musicians. Ron shares his pan playing talents with David Williams’ J’ouvert and Calabash of Toronto, Canada, and as a steel drummer has recorded with diverse artistes as Myanna, Grace Kelly and Bill Harley. As a jazz bassist Ron has performed with Randy Weston, Carmen Lundy, Lenora Helm and Antonio Hart.

Ron is an Associate Professor of Contemporary Writing and Production at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He teaches several arranging classes as well as Steelpan and Afropop ensembles.

To contact Ron Reid send an email to or call (857) 366-6570.


Ron Reid
Ron Reid
Bassist, Steel Drummer,
Composer, Educator

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