Reed Capshaw moved to Chicago in 1998 to complete his Bachelor’s degree in trombone performance at Roosevelt University, where he studied with Chicago Symphony Principal Trombonist, Jay Friedman. His first year in Chicago, he had the opportunity to perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, taking part in the massive brass band part of Shostakovich’s opera, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. Since then, he has performed with several great ensembles in the Chicago area, including the Grant Park Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Elgin Symphony, the Lake Forest Symphony, MusicNow, the Lyric Opera Orchestra, Symphony II (Chicago Philharmonic), and many others. He has also had the opportunity to play and tour with the Cleveland Orchestra. Reed is currently the Principal Trombonist of the Elgin Symphony, the South Bend Symphony, the Lake Forest Symphony and is a member of Ars Viva Chamber Orchestra in Chicago. Reed completed his Master’s degree at Northwestern University. He is currently teaching trombone and low brass at North Central College in Naperville, Harper College in Palatine, and at the University of Illinois Chicago.