Ray Reiner - Conductor Emeritus
Ray, born in Baltimore, is a product of the Baltimore City School system. He has a great musical heritage. His mother was a piano teacher and all her children received a sound musical education. They formed a family musical group with his father playing drums. His sister Mildred, also a member of the Middle River Concert Band, became the "Coordinator of Music" in the Baltimore County School System. Both he and Mil performed with the Baltimore City Recreation Orchestra under the direction of Conrad Geblein.
Ray served in the U.S. Navy prior to receiving his Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Music Education at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He taught instrumental music for thirty years in the Baltimore County School System. Ray was a member of the summer staff that taught the Maryland State Board of Education's "Gifted and Talented" program at Goucher College. His dedicated service enabled many of our youth to improve their musical skills.
Ray is active in many community organizations, serving as President of the Friends of the Oliver House and Vice President of the Recreation Council for the Marshy Point Nature Center in Baltimore County. Ray played professionally with the "Debonairs" in the Baltimore area.
He started with the Middle River Concert Band playing the trumpet and euphonium. The board members asked Ray to become our Director/Conductor in 2004. He has been very dedicated to performing these duties and is not ashamed to tell all of the members what a privilege it is to work with such an outstanding and talented musical organization.
In January 2013, Ray made the decision to step down as conductor of the band and has returned to being a valuable member of the trumpet section. It has been the band's privilege to have had Ray as our leader for these few years and we are grateful for his dedication to the band.