Michael Reed performs on trumpet with the Blue Devil marching band. (Darin Reed photo.)

Michael Reed Plays His Way into Huntington’s Heart

Michael Reed performs on trumpet with the Blue Devil marching band. (Darin Reed photo.)

January 11, 2019

Michael Reed is a spectacular musician who has played his way into the heart of the Huntington High School community. The junior is a sensational performer who one day hopes to inspire others as a music teacher.

Mr. Reed has compiled an exceptional academic record and his musical talents speak for themselves. He began playing piano when he was eight years old and he is also one of the best on trumpet and ukulele.

Huntington High School junior Michael Reed. (Darin Reed photo.)
Huntington High School junior Michael Reed. (Darin Reed photo.)

A member of the high school’s jazz and wind ensembles as well as its pit orchestra, Mr. Reed also performs with the Blue Devil marching band. He is a member of Huntington’s National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society chapters. During the summer months he works in LuHi’s camp program.

Mr. Reed’s academic schedule includes classes in Advanced Placement United States History, AP Seminar, AP Biology, Pre-Calculus Honors AB, Spanish IV Honors and Senior Band.

Since his earliest days at Southdown Primary School, Mr. Reed has been a standout. He is articulate and outgoing and has a wide circle of friends and admirers. He soaks in knowledge across every academic discipline and his teachers know he’s in the classroom from his questioning nature and impeccable preparation.

The junior’s closest friends include Oskar Kilgour, Chris Mavrogian, Joseph Tonjes, Jose Suarez, Nathan Musso, Michael Matthews, Grace Tyrrell, Tahiyat Akber, Diego Torres, Marissa Cribar, Nate Soric and James Obermaier.

“Mike is a well-rounded person who never fails to make me laugh,” said Mr. Mavrogian, president of Huntington’s Class of 2020. “He’s always someone I can talk to.”

The teenager’s favorite teachers include Brian Stellato, Jason Giachetti and Joseph Cohen. “The best teacher that I’ve gotten to work with has been Mr. Stellato because he has shown the most drive both inside and outside of school and has had a tremendous impact on helping to develop my character and my leadership qualities,” Mr. Reed said.

“Michael Reed is an extremely talented trumpet player, a hugely dedicated member of our music department and a consistent source of enthusiasm and positivity,” Mr. Stellato said. “Michael always has a smile on his face and gives everything he has to everything he does.”

The junior has been giving his future some thought. “I haven’t looked at too many schools, but I am interested in SUNY Postdam’s Crane School of Music and SUNY New Paltz,” Mr. Reed said. “I’m considering a career in music education.”

The teenager is also a talented left handed pitcher. He plays in the Blue Devil baseball program as well as on an outside team. Some people think Mr. Reed’s delivery resembles that of Sandy Koufax.

“Going to Huntington has been a wonderful experience that has allowed me to discover myself and form several wonderful friendships that will last for the rest of my life,” Mr. Reed said.

Huntington High School junior Michael Reed. (Darin Reed photo.)
Michael Reed delivers a strike for the Huntington baseball team. (Darin Reed photo.)
Michael Reed performs on trumpet with the Blue Devil marching band. (Darin Reed photo.)
Michael Reed’s delivery has been compared with that of Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax.
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