Known widely around Minnesota as an instructor and performer, John has been a violinist in the Trio D'Amachi, a Red Wing based piano trio until 1998; a performer with the Rochester, Winona, and LaCrosse Symphony Orchestras; and a guest clinician for the Minnesota Suzuki Festival in Rochester, Minnesota. John has served as president of the Suzuki Association of Minnesota, and guest clinician for Gashuku in Rochester, Minnesota.
Currently John performs with the folk/traditional group Five Swell Guys, along with his son Kale who is also a member, and with the Lauren Pelon Musique Company.
He earned a degree in String Instrument Restoration and Guitar Building from Minnesota State College/Southeast Technical where he is currently employed as an arched top instrument building instructor.
1999 John was hired by Matt McPhearson of Autumn Records to research and develop an acoustically altered violin. The McPhearson Violin remains in the development stage with future marketing planned.
2002 John developed a unique instrument building collaboration with Irish violin builder Peadar O’Loughlin working in Ennis, Ireland. Their collaboration was funded in part by a grant from The Center for Teaching and Learning from the State of Minnesota. Working together, Reed and O’Loughlin wrote and produced the manual “IL Violino Atlantico,” currently used in Reed’s building course at Minnesota State College/Southeast Technical.2003-04 During the 2003/2004 school year, an interactive pictorial CD was developed to enhance the effectiveness of the “IL Violino Atlantico” building manual. Reed and O’Loughlin have begun discussions regarding opening an instrument building school.
John graduated from Winona State University with a music education/performance degree which gives him a unique advantage when it comes to set-up and tonal adjustments of handmade and student instruments. John is currently a member of the Violin Society of America.