Christopher Reid (bass trombone)
Christopher is from the village of Castledawson in County Londonderry and started playing tenor trombone at the age of 11 while at Rainey Endowed School, Magherafelt. He received tutelage from Charlie Doherty of the NEELB and at the age of 14 started playing in a number of their ensembles, including the senior wind band and orchestra. It was here while playing in the senior wind band that Christopher was given a bass trombone to play on the very unmusical grounds of ‘having the longest arms in the section’.
The move to bass trombone proved to be a good one, opening the first door to the brass band world for Christopher, with him taking the bass trombone seat at Tamlaghtmore Silver Band under the direction of Gael Haslett. He maintains a playing relationship with the band to this day.
In 2010 Christopher was accepted at Queen's University Belfast to read biomedical science. He was eager to keep playing and Joined Queen's Brass Band where he met Michael Alcorn, Brendan Coyle and Paul Wilson. These three men provided the inspiration, motivation and resources that allowed Christopher to transform his playing ability. In autumn 2012 Christopher was offered a seat on bass trombone with Downshire Brass. He eagerly accepted and has enjoyed playing with the band and befriending its members ever since, even though we give him a hard time for his culchie accent!
Beyond Downshire, Christopher also plays piccolo for Castledawson flute band and fife with Maghera fife and drum. On the rare occasion he isn’t at band you’ll most likely find him out cycling or in the pub enjoying a quiet pint.