Michael Ried received both his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York at Fredonia, where he was a student of Dr. William Willett. He also did graduate work at the Eastman School of Music under Mr. Sigurd M. Rascher, considered by many to have been the world's finest saxophonist. Mr. Ried continues to perform as a solo artist and as a member of HOSTIA, a camber music ensemble based in Detroit.
Mr. Ried has taught nearly all aspects of Music Education and at all levels. He is retired after twenty-six years at Clarence Central Schools, where he taught woodwinds and Comprehensive Musicianship, and conducted the High School Symphonic Band. While a public school teacher, his bands performed in Washington DC, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Detroit, Montreal, as well as in Aberdeen, Scotland, London, England, and Graz, Austria. He was also Coordinator of the Music Department, carrying the responsibility for 20 music teachers and the focus of the music program for 3500 students.
Mr. Ried recently retired as Executive Director of the Erie County Music Educators Association. In this position he was responsible for the administration of all ECMEA activities, including their All-County Adjudication and Music Festivals, conference days, newsletter and other programs. These programs involved over 8,000 students years, 450 music teachers, and 48 school districts.
His chief interest now centers around helping prepare young teachers for a successful career in music education and developing their musicianship on the saxophone.