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Dr. Jorim Reid

Director of the Bands, Assistant Professor, and Coordinator of Instrumental Music, Fine and Performing Arts

Office: Murphy Fine Arts Center Rm. 223B
Phone: 443-885-3087

  • Doctor of Musical Arts - Boston University
    Dissertation: Marching Sound Machines: An Autoethnography of A Director of Bands at An Historically Black College And University. 
  • Masters of Music Education (Oboe) - Florida State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Music (Piano) - at Florida A & M University

Composer, Instructor, and Director are just a few of the hats worn by Jorim Reid, North Carolina Central University director of bands. Since 2001, he has helped the music department and the NCCU Sound Machine develop a distinctive sound and quality that has led the department to become one of the country's premier music programs and bands, receiving accolades in several competitions and presentations.

Reid joined North Carolina Central University in 2000 as a music instructor, arranger, and assistant director of bands. Not long before, his skills as an arranger and passion for students were noticed, and in 2001, he was selected as Director of Bands. Although his first rehearsal in 2001 consisted of only sixteen winds and sweat suits for uniforms, the band grew to just shy of 200 by 2004. Reid reestablished the symphonic bands, and in 2004, he created his passions, the Wind Symphony and Concert Bands, to challenge exceptional musicians and serve as a development group. Under his leadership, the NCCU marching and symphonic bands have flourished and provided a source of pride and respect for the university.


The band was honored for notable performance for marching band in the "Super Band Battle" and outstanding performance for marching band in "Battle of Bands" 2003–2006. The NCCU Sound Machine has participated in and won the Honda Battle of Bands six times in the CIAA and Independent Class (2004-2011). Up next, the NCCU Sound Machine has been selected to perform in Hawaii aboard the USS Arizona for Pearl Harbor Memorial 2012, and the NCCU Wind Symphony was selected to perform for the Queen of England in London during Spring 2013. Recently, Reid was featured in Halftime Magazine International, highlighting his patented "Hybrid" marching concept attributed to the NCCU band's success. This approach was leveraged to play down deficiencies in student musicianship and limited resources and meld traditional and corps styles, resulting in unlimited musical maneuvering and creativity options that enhance the band's performance. This concept is beginning to be imitated, proving Reid's creative work has been the catalyst for generating more than 100 million impressions in print, online, and on television.


His passion for teaching, conducting, arranging, instrumental methods, brass, woodwinds, and applied oboe inspires grants and fundraising. Knowing that creative solutions to limited resources are insufficient to prepare future music educators to be competitive, he had to secure funding from various sources. His teaching impact on students has been reflected in their success, with many earning graduate degrees, becoming professional performers, receiving superior ratings at festivals, and winning national composition competitions. When Reid envisioned expanding the annual "Band Blast" event into a one-day band camp, it became a recruitment open house, drawing hundreds of potential students to the university. Other institutions hoped to achieve similar success and later modeled this event and format.


Reid has become an astute fundraiser, grant writer, and negotiator during his career. In 2011, he co-hosted the first annual Susan G Komen / third annual High School Battle of the Bands, which raised $40,000 for scholarships and breast cancer awareness in cooperation with Adrian Carol Associates. More than 6,000 patrons attended the event. Later that year, he created the first annual "Band Day" with over 300 students from twelve high and middle schools. The young students attended an NCCU home football game and had the opportunity to perform pre-game and halftime with the Marching Sound Machine.


Reid was awarded twice a $2 million TIII grant for the Music Ensemble Enhancements and the Development and Enhancements of Symphonic, Wind, and Percussion Ensembles for the NCCU band program over five years (2002-2007 and 2008-2013) for instruments, personnel, equipment, and facilities. He negotiated a deal with Yamaha Corporation to sponsor new equipment for the band and secure the rights to arrange copyrighted music from Hal Leonard, Warner Brothers, and Alfred.


Reid has raised or awarded more than $200,000 in grants for the NCCU band program through the Foundation since 2001. The band program has received international exposure on all major networks, creating opportunities for sponsorships, endorsements, and donations from corporate giants such as Lenovo, Arby's, and United Therapeutics. Additionally, he raised $70,000 for NCCU to attend the Tournament of Roses Campaign through negotiations with Nissan Auto Corp. and the international PR firm (Reid composed original music for their television and radio commercials in exchange for a new car to raffle for the fundraiser).


Reid's insight and talent have not gone unnoticed. He is the recipient of several music awards, including the Outstanding Musician and Directorship Award at Mid-West Clinic 2011, News and Observer Tar Heel of the Month, Star Consultant Award for Troy University, and People's Choice Award for Best Musical Ballad for Bands 2009/2010/2011. Reid has been tapped to guest conduct many honor bands, including Guest Clinician Lassiter Bands, Youngest Conductor selected for Inter-Collegiate Music Conference Wind Ensemble 2006, and Conductor and Clinician for the Danville, Virginia, High School Honors Band 2003.

In addition to his many compositions and arrangements, Reid composed the popular fight songs and spirit songs to generate school pride at NCCU. He envisioned the creed of "20 Principles" as a motto for "Musicianship, Scholarship, and Morals" for all band members to embrace. Reid creatively composed the music and lyrics to the poignant "MSM Hymn" to outline all of the twenty principles. It is performed and sung before as a prayer and after every band performance. Reid has numerous music publications of original compositions and transcriptions with major publishers, and in 2011, he wrote the film score for the movie "A Cadence Unheard."


Before coming to NCCU, Reid served as a part-time instrumental and choral music teacher at Maclay School in Tallahassee, Florida (1998-2000) and as a keyboard and minister of music at Turning Point International Church Tallahassee (1998-2000). While he was obtaining his degree at Florida A&M University, Reid's primary instrument was the piano, and he was a member of the famed "Marching 100."

He played principle oboe in the wind ensemble and saxophone in the marching band and served as student conductor/arranger (1993-1997). In 1995, he was named head drum major and had the honor of escorting then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton during a performance. Reid received several academic scholarships, including the John Phillip Sousa Award, the Orange Bowl Scholar Bandsman Scholarship Award, and the Thurgood Marshall/Coca-Cola Scholarship in Music. He also holds a Master of Music Education degree from Florida State University and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree (DMA) from Boston University.


Since September 2015, he has served as Director of Bands at the University of North Carolina-Fayetteville. Within 11 months, he doubled the size of the Marching Bronco Xpress (MBX) band and actual class enrollment from 30 members to 68. He also executed two Fall and Spring symphonic band concerts. He established the MBXplosion in 2016 as an annual high school clinic and Band Days with over 200 attending, a spring Symphonic Band Clinic, and Spring Open House pep band recruitment. Under his leadership, the band secured $56,000 for instruments and performed for Al Sharpton and former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. He has also laid the groundwork to recolonize the KKY and TBS colonies. The band recently received an invitation to perform in Bahrain at its Annual Formula 1 Gulf Air Grand Prix. The projected membership from students signed up for Fall 2017 is 117 as of April 15. In 2018, the band was selected as the ESPN Undefeated CIAA Band of the Year. In 2019, the Marching Bronco Xpress was named the ESPN Undefeated CIAA Band of the Year. Also, in 2019, Jorim was the Conductor Clinician for the Cumberland County High School Honors Band. The band program was also one of only three Southeast District Universities approved to colonize the Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity to be installed in 2018. In Spring 2019, the FSU band program colonized Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority.


Since August of 2022, Reid has been serving as Assistant Professor, Director of Bands, and Coordinator of Instrumental Music at Morgan State University. 


Reid resides in Pikesville, Maryland, with his wife, Aja, their daughter, and two sons.