Reece King - Part of PSO History

Reece King has been a part of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra in some way or another since 1987. That’s when, at the age of 18, he won the audition for principle trombone. He’s “come a long way, baby” and is now their Executive Director. He’s more of a baseball guy, but he enjoys watching all sports. iMeet a man who’s all about the melody!

Hi, Reece. Welcome to iMeet. Tell us about yourself and your family...

I am originally from Mayfield but have lived in Paducah since 1992. I attended Murray State University and then the University of Minnesota for graduate school. I have been happily married for 28 years and have 2 children.

My wife Rhonda is a band instrument repair technician and is also the PSO librarian. Our daughter Natalie is currently in Orlando as part of the Disney college program. Our son Nathan works in the band repair business and is in the midst of EMT/Firefighter training. He is a member of the Concord Fire Dept.

We hear the trombone is your instrument of choice…

I have played the trombone since I was 12 and won the audition for principle trombone with the PSO at age 18. I may continue to play some with Orchestra although I am currently trying to focus on my new administrative role. 

Yes, we heard you got a new position at the PSO! Tell us about that…

The executive director job was restructured for me to be able to assume that role and is now a part time position. We have a fantastic office staff in place that handles the day to day tasks.  Morgan Walker is our Operations/General Manager and Jacob Waid is our Development Coordinator.

I decided to take the ED position because I had already served as the Orchestra’s Personnel Manager for the past 17 years  - and as Finance Manager for one year prior to becoming executive director.  The PSO has been a part of my life for 30 years and I love this orchestra.  

As this is a part-time gig, what else do you get up to?

I am an educational representative in this area for Amro Music based in Memphis. I visit around 50 schools each week and take care of band/orchestra needs concerning equipment, supplies & repairs. I have worked in the music industry for 20 years. 

Tell us about a typical day for you...

A typical day for me varies greatly depending on time of year from calling on school clients to being in the PSO office. I don't really have set office hours since our staff handles the day-to-day  stuff, but I do spend several hours each week in the office. I continue to serve in the personnel and finance roles as ED so I always have something to do.

Sounds like you are one busy man! Do you have any free time?

I like to spend my free time, which is almost non-existent, with family or working at home. I like to be outside, so doing outside tasks at home is therapeutic for me.  

What's your favorite piece of classical music?

Hard to say on favorite piece of music because I have several. I would put Tchaikovksy Symphony #5 and Dvorak "New World" Symphony #9 at the top of the lists. Both are very melodic pieces.

Did you get sucked into March Madness at all? Did you fill a bracket out?

I love sports but I did not complete a bracket this year. I think watching sports is a great release for me. I don't really have many favorite teams. I just like sports in general. I think I have an appreciation for what it takes to be a great athlete because it mirrors what it takes to be a great musician  - or really to be great at anything.  I would say the only sport that I have a real favorite is baseball and that would be St. Louis.

If you could sit down and have a meaningful conversation with anyone, past or present, who would it be and why? What would you ask him/her?

Probably Frank Sinatra. I'm intrigued by his life. No particular questions as I’d probably just want to listen to stories.

That’s a great answer. I think we'd like to hear a few Sinatra stories as well.  Thanks for being our iMeet this week, Reece, and we hope to see you with our Paducah Symphony Orchestra for many years to come.