VSA Musician Spotlight: Dave Reddish, trumpet

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[San Juan Silver Stage | April 2021 | Stacey Ryan, for Valley Symphony Assoc.]  

Dave Reddish, trumpet, Valley Symphony Orchestra. Courtesy photo.

Dave started playing in 5th grade in Evergreen, his hometown. With bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from Western State, he’s lived in Gunnison, Delta, or Montrose since his undergrad years. During his teaching career, he taught band, choir, elementary music, math, science, reading, and computer technology.

“In 1981 I went off to become an officer and a gentleman (well, officer anyway) at Naval Aviation Officer Candidate School (AOCS), where I played in the base band.” After completing AOCS, he served as a USNR Flight Officer. “The Navy taught me that I was a pretty good public school teacher, so upon getting an early release from active duty, I returned to teaching band and got certified in elementary education and ended up teaching math and science Columbine Middle School. This was a time that I didn’t open a trumpet case for about ten years.

“As I neared retirement, I decided to start playing again, and joined the Montrose Community Band off and on for a couple of years.”

“My first go around with the VSO (as we were called back then) from 1978-1980 when I was a DHS band teacher working in the same room where the symphony now rehearses. (Boy, has this group gotten better since then!) It was a phone call from Jake (Johnson) who needed a fill-in since he had a hot prom date during one of the concerts. That was my re-introduction to the VSA.”

Dave has been with the symphony since. “I enjoy the music we play, as well as the camaraderie of fellow musicians. Most of all, I enjoy being challenged but not overwhelmed by the music Mike selects for us.”

Dave’s sense of humor is on par with his creativity and dedication to causes and people. “As a high school band teacher, you spend much of your time fund-raising. One event found me along with several of my DHS students atop the lunchmeat cooler at the old Delta City Market playing Christmas carols. We earned $20.”

Dave has also performed with the Western State Colorado University British Brass Band, Great Western Rocky Mountain Brass Band (Silverton), and the Lake City Stinger Band. He currently works in security as lead patrol officer at Arrowhead. “I enjoy art, photography, and spending time at our cabin with my wife, Carolyn, and faithful dog, Oscar.”

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Carol Franklin, Bassoon, Valley Symphony Orchestra

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Priscilla Fry, Valley Symphony Chorus.

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Chris Munday, Alto, Valley Symphony Chorus.

Dave Reddish, Trumpet, Valley Symphony Orchestra

50th Season

VSA will celebrate the 50th season starting in the fall of 2021 with its annual Pops in the Park Concert.

Saturday, Sept 11, 2021 • 5:00 pm at Cedaredge Town Park

Sunday, Sept 12, 2021 • 5:00 pm at Montrose Riverbottom Park

Orchestra and Chorus

For the only free and outdoor concerts of the season, the VSA orchestra and chorus perform a wide range of popular and contemporary music styles, including Americana, traditional marches, jazz standards, well-known classical, Broadway tunes, movie music, and rock ‘n’ roll.

About the Valley Symphony Association

The power of music to bind generations. Since 1970, the Valley Symphony Association orchestra and chorus has culturally enriched the community and its members by bringing together some of the best volunteer musicians from the North Fork and Uncompahgre Valleys to discover and present works of great composers, past and present. Performance styles range from classical orchestral to upbeat pop, from purely instrumental to a combination of orchestra and chorus. Please consider donating to help make the music possible. [DONATE