We are pleased to acknowledge one our percussion players, Ray Reilly, who was awarded at Barrie's Rhythmfest festival on August 10, 2013, for recognition of his lifetime work as a percussionist. His notable achievements made his tenure with the Barrie Concert Band an exceptional honour.
Toronto-born Ray Reilly was a student of George L. Stone of Boston, and the late Billy Gladstone of New York. Ray had been a member of the orchestras of the National Ballet of Canada, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and the Charlottelown Festival. Mr. Reilly had been active in radio, TV, commercial music, film music, and with the CBC Symphony Orchestra. He played a full 25 seasons with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra earning tours of the UK, Europe, Australia, China, Japan, and South East Asia.
Ray was the author of Power, Speed and Flexibility, first published by BMI in 1968, with a second edition revision in 2007 published by Talking Stick Productions. He had an active teaching practice - his former students included Stan White, Valerie Hathaway, Mike Leone, and many more.
In his retirement, Ray performed with Ken Hyatt in the Mike Lewis Trio. He was an active volunteer in the Barrie Concert Band from 1998-2013, and encouraged and actively mentored younger percussionists in the community. We gratefully acknowledge his legacy of his work with the band for 15 years.