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 About HERstory:

HERstory is a podcast for equity and inclusivity in all facets of the music industry. The podcast's founder, Casidy Reed, began this podcast with the hopes of educating, inspiring, and amplifying the voices of underrepresented communities in music. 

Guests come from various music careers - education, jazz, classical, popular, conducting, composition, music business, production, and others. 

"Sharing our stories is a way to claim our space" 

Sharing our stories not only claim our space, but educate, advocate, and bring awareness to the inequity issues that still exist in the music profession. 

Equity for all. 

Casidy S. Reed is a musician, educator, and advocate for music education. Native to Buffalo, NY, she is currently a 5-12 Band Director in the Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Her responsibilities include directing the 5th - 8th grade bands, the Chagrin Falls High School Marching Band, and the Chagrin Falls High School Wind Ensemble. Previously, she was a 7-12 Band Director in the Greece Central School District in Rochester, NY.


Reed received her Master of Music in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music in 2021. She graduated with her Bachelor of Music Education as a trumpet primary from the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music in 2019. Reed is the Artistic Director/Conductor of the New Horizons Band program and Brass Choir at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory Community Arts School, a trumpet player with the Cleveland Winds, freelances in the Cleveland area, and maintains her own private studio of trumpet students of all ages. She has studied trumpet with James Thompson, former principal trumpet of the Montreal and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras, Jack Sutte of the Cleveland Orchestra, John Maguda, Frank Campos, and Michael Vertoske.


Reed hopes to live a life dedicated to creating music and teaching others. She believes that musical performance and education should be intertwined. She is the creator and host of her own podcast, "Music HERstory", which focuses on the issues of equity in the music profession. She is an editor for the International Women’s Brass Conference (IWBC) and serves on the Advocacy, Development, and Social Media committees of the International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM). She is the faculty advisor of the Chagrin Falls High School’s chapter of Tri-M Music Honors Society. She maintains professional memberships with the Ohio Music Education Association, (OMEA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the International Women’s Brass Conference (IWBC), the International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM), Women Band Directors International (WBDI), and the International Trumpet Guild (ITG). She has presented at the Gender Equity in Music Conference at the Eastman School of Music, the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Conference, and the International Women’s Brass Conference. Her current research areas include equity and access in music education, intersectionality, music aptitude and achievement, community music school education, educational leadership, and teacher preparation programs.

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