Director of Bands Randall Reid
Randall H. Reid is a Graduate of Florida A&M University from the city of Miami, Florida. As a Native of Miami Florida he attended Miami Norland Senior High School and graduated in the top 5% of his senior class. Never one to personally settle for less than his absolute best, Mr. Reid seeks to give rise to a culture of excellence. At Florida A&M University, Mr. Reid was very deeply involved in the Department of Music, having participated in the Marching 100, the Delta Iota Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, Inc. where he served as the Parliamentarian, and The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) where he served as the Second Vice President and Parliamentarian during his tenure at the university. While at Florida A&M University, Mr. Reid studied conducting with Drs. Julian E. White and Shelby R. Chipman and tuba performance with Mr. Anthony E. Simons III and Chato McCormick. Mr. Reid lives by the quotes, “If you fail to plan, then you should plan to fail,” and, “If you give a man a fish, he will eat for a day; however, if you teach a man to fish, he can eat for a lifetime.” Mr. Reid believes in a positive mindset coupled with firm discipline, good attitudes, and a belief in the rewards a study of the arts can bring.
Assistant Director of Bands Ricardo Esquilin
Ricardo Esquilin was raised in the Latin jazz capital of South Florida. As a young musician, his greatest influences were jazz trumpet greats such as Clifford Brown and Dizzy Gillespie, and his playing style has grown to be a representation of them with an addition of his own unique style. During high school, he began getting attention for his trumpet range comparable to that of trumpet high-note masters Jon Faddis and Cat Anderson. He began freelancing in Miami at the age of 15 with the NBA’s Miami HEAT Street Band, and other local professional bands that took him to perform in cities such as London and Paris.
In 2014, Esquilin graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Music and returned to South Florida where he began arranging, writing, teaching, and playing professionally. He was the resident trumpet faculty at the Dillard Center of the Arts, a nationally acclaimed program that has competed in and won the Essentially Ellington Festival & Competition several times, and also assisted at Olympic Heights High School for several years. Esquilin recorded as the lead trumpet for the VH1 original movie “Drumline: A New Beat” in Atlanta, Georgia, and has also recorded for 19 Grammy Award winning artist Emilio Estefan. In 2015, he became the Assistant Director of the Miami HEAT Street Band, in which he also played solo and lead trumpet. Esquilin was also lead trumpet of the prestigious Disneyland All-American College Band in 2015, and returned in 2016 as the teaching assistant under Dr. Ron McCurdy.
Esquilin received his Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University, and Master of Music from Florida State University. He is currently the Director of the South Broward High School Jazz Orchestra, and Assistant Director of the Miami HEAT Street Band.