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In Schools

2001-2002: Recording Residencies at Santa Rita Elementary School in Los Altos, CA; Marina Del Mar Elementary School, Marina, CA; Baker and Easterbrook Elementary Schools, San Jose, CA; Hillsdale Elementary School, San Jose, CA; The Academy for At-Risk Adolescents; San Jose, CA; Dove Hill Elementary School, San Jose, CA.

2001+: Young Audiences of San Jose and Silicon Valley artist

1997-2001 -Artist-in-Residence at Santa Rita Elementary School in Los Altos, CA.

Presented over 2,000 workshops and performances for Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County's SPECTRA program. 1980-2001

California Arts Council Artist-in-Residence at Elma G. Bradley Elementary, Rio Del Mar Elementary, and Aromas Elementary. 1983, 1984, 1985

Songwriter-in-Residence for Los Gatos School District's "Poetry Belongs in the Classroom" project writing songs with third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade students at Blossom Hill, Louise Van Meter, Daves Avenue and Lexington Elementary schools. 1987,1988, 1989

Songwriting workshops and assemblies, concerts in California, New York, New Jersey, Maine, North Carolina, Tennessee, Colorado, Idaho, and Arizona 1985-2000

Numerous School Assemblies in Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Humboldt, Los Angeles, Sonoma, Mariposa, and Monterey Counties. 1985-2001

Presented songs and stories for Clearwater's "Pumpkin Sail", a two week environmental education program sailing down the Hudson River from Albany to New York City on a 100 foot replica of a Hudson River Sloop to educate school children and their families about the river and it's value. 1985-1992

Presented environmental programs to fourth grade students during the Haw River Festival, a three week program following the length of the Haw River in North Carolina. 1991,1992,1993

Artist-in-Residence at Colegio Americano in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, using songs to help students with English skills. 1990 and 1991

Presented folk music as part of Monterey Museum of Art's Museum on Wheels Folk Art Exhibit touring rural schools in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties. 1975-1976


Host of PBS Television station KTEH's "Kid's Clubhouse" based at the Children's Discovery Museum in San Jose. Conducting interviews with singer/author Pete Seeger, Roy Rydell, head of air traffic control at San Jose Airport, Park Rangers at Yosemite, Laurie Gage, head veterinarian at Marine World-Africa USA, Gary Carter, then of the San Francisco Giants and many others. Performed songs each week with children. Composed, arranged, produced and performed theme song with band "the Dads" and local children. 1990-1994


Heard weekly as part of Public Radio Station KUSP 89.9FM's "Saturday's Child" children's program. Sang songs with and for children who were invited to come to the station to participate. Many children who had participated in classroom workshops and residencies also appeared. During this period the show became one of the most listened to programs on the station. Numerous appearances on New York radio program, "Knock On Wood" with Steve Charney, the syndicated program "Pickleberry Pie", Gene Shay's folk music program on WHYY in Philadelphia, children's and folk music shows on KPFA, in Berkeley, Monterey Bay Area stations, KAZU, KZSC and KKUP in Santa Clara.


"Bob Reid with Abracadab" was recommended by the School Library Journal for it's"Superb original songs!" and by Children's Artists Making a Living as,"An excellent example of what children's music should be!" 1985. Several of the songs were written by school children in workshops. One, "The Whale Song", was sung by the children who had written the song.

"Marz Barz ","Whether you are listening to silly songs like "Marz Barz" and "Pockets" or timely songs about pollution entitled "Do You Care About Earth" and "Garbage" you and your children will love the ingenious sounds of Bob Reid and Friendz!" -Peninsula Parent Magazine. 1989. A collection of material used in performances and including songs written in songwriting workshops with students.

The latest release, "We Are the Children" 1994. Recorded using primarily children's voices, praised for offering songs of greater emotional range than most children's recordings. Many original songs, some written by friends.

"There's a Light In You" will be the next recording to be released. This recording continues the extensive use of children singing using material to stretch the expectations of what constitutes a "children's recording."

"Bradlyn & Reid -Then & Now" is a recording of adult music, recorded with his singing partner of some twenty years, Mark Bradlyn, to be released soon.


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