Max McKee, Alfred Reed,
Margie Reed, Nell McKee
At the 25th anniversary celebration of Western International Band Clinic
Seattle • November 2003
Our special memories of
Al & Margie Reed
Starting in the late 60's, the entire family went with me for the 9 summers that I taught at the Saskatchewan Summer School of the Arts. During those years our family spent a great deal of time with the Reeds, who were also on the faculty there. Al and I sometimes shared the conducting duties with the staff band and each of us conducted one or more of the student bands.
Alfred during a Staff Band concert, Saskatchewan Summer School 1975.
In the evening we often played cribbage. On break days we'd go on a photo shoot to nearby towns, where Alfred would teach me many good photographic techniques and critique orchestrations I was working on for my own college band. Sometimes the 4 of us would jump in our Ford pickup truck and drive the 40 miles into Regina for a special dinner.
Alfred's "Fanfare for a Common Camper" as the McKees depart
It was during this period of time that Al was writing the Armenian Dances; so, frequently he'd play portions of the new work on piano or bring the first performance tape of the University of Illiinois Band. This he'd play on the stereo system in our large camper, while Scott (our youngest, who is now Managing Director of ABC and Organizing Chair of WIBC) would play in his "caged in" sleeping area above the kitchen table. From that moment forward, Al started calling him "The Aminal."
Writing the Armenian Dances
Fort San, Saskatchewan 1972. . .