Jordan Reed

Instructor of Saxophone
Director of Jazz Ensembles
BM - Saxophone Performance, Ohio University (2005); MM - Saxophone Performance, Ohio University (2012); ABD - Saxophone Performance, The Ohio State University (2018)
Year Appointed
Courses - Fall
  • Introduction to Western Music
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Woodwind Methods
Courses - Spring
  • Introduction to Western Music
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Music Fundamentals
  • Aural Skills II
  • World Music


A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Jordan Reed is and Instructor of Music and Recruiter for the Edward E. MacTaggart Department of Music at Marietta College.

Professor Reed maintains an active schedule as a performer, clinician, and composer. As a concert saxophonist, he has been a soloist with The Ohio State Symphony Orchestra, the Marietta College Wind Ensemble, the Ohio University Wind Symphony, the Ohio University Symphony Orchestra, and the Otterbein Wind Ensemble. He has performed at the Navy Band Saxophone Symposium and at national and regional conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance. As a chamber musician, Jordan regularly performs with the Appalachian-based Sonax Saxophone Quartet. Jordan is also a founding member of MEMZ and Alea Duo, groups that focus on composing and performing new music that is heavily rooted in improvisation and aleatoricism. Jordan has also performed with the Black Swamp Saxophone, the Athenian Saxophone Quartet, the Athens Saxophone Duo, and the Ignis Saxophone Quartet.

As a jazz artist, he has performed, written, and recorded with the Columbus-based new-jazz quintet, Radarhill. In 2016, Radarhill was commissioned by the Ohio University Wind Symphony for three consecutive years to compose and perform a concerto grosso at their annual Ampersand Festival, a concert series that focuses on new music for wind symphony and soloists that are seldom-paired together. The first commissioned work, Lucidrome, was premiered on March 24, 2016, in Athens, Ohio. Lucidrome has also been programmed by Dr. Michael Yonchak, the director of bands at Otterbein University. Jordan is also a founding member of experimental-jazz group, Sugar Knife.

Jordan is a member and Jazz Ensemble Co-Chair of the Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductors Association. He is also a member of The International Percy Grainger Society, and Pi Kappa Lambda. Jordan holds a Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in saxophone performance from Ohio University and is ABD in Saxophone Performance from The Ohio State University. Jordan is a MACSAX, SYOS, Bambu, and Sax Gadgets Performing Artist.