At Home with Scott Reed

By Janice Carter Levitch

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

A walk through history is the best way to describe Scott Reed’s home, which was built in the 1970s and reflects the architectural designs of that time. However, the history that interests Reed most is from World War II and the Civil War, as well as the time when our nation was founded. Reed is the fourth generation of a family-owned business, a passionate drummer and a father of two children. Reed is diverse in his interests and that is reflected throughout his home.

As vice president of National Sales with V.G. Reed & Sons, Inc., Reed explained that the company was founded in 1938 by his great grandfather, V.G. Reed, and is in its fourth generation of family ownership. Scott Reed is also the metro councilman for the 16th District – the largest district in the area – and fulfilling these duties requires a lot of time. The balance between his full-time career and being part of the Metro Council keeps his life energized, as does his family.

Reed recently welcomed The Voice-Tribune into his home to share five of his favorite things.

1. LUDWIG ROCKERS DRUM SET

Reed has been playing drums since he was 14 years old and is part of the band Melody Resurrection that performs on a regular basis at Northeast Christian Church’s Clifton Campus. The band also plays at venues around town and private events. “I’m self taught and my drumming hero is Ringo Starr. If you’re a musician, you have to play. To me, it’s just part of something that you’re born with,” Reed commented.

2. CHARCOAL DRAWING

Another favorite item is an autographed charcoal drawing of Bill Guarnere, who a character in the mini-series “Band of Brothers” that aired in 2000 and is based on a true story. Guarnere served in the United States Army 101st Airborne; the mini-series was written and based on the different battles they went through. “I was interested in the mini-series, which was produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. They called him ‘Wild’ Bill Guarnere, and I got the drawing through his son as a result of my interest in World War II,” Reed said.

3. BROWNIE HAWKEYE VINTAGE CAMERA

“I’ve always been fascinated with black-and-white photography.  It’s very three-dimensional, and it leaves more to the imagination by not giving you all the different colors of the image,” Reed explained. The camera belonged to Reed’s great grandmother, Roberta Reed, who was married to V.G. Reed. Roberta took many photographs of the family with the camera and because of Scott Reed’s interest in black-and-white photography, it was passed along to him.

4. BURIAL FLAG

Reed’s paternal grandfather, Howard Reed, was killed during the battle of Saint-Lo in France. The military honored his bravery by presenting the family with a burial flag. “The letter in the frame is from my great grandmother (Howard’s mother) explaining the details of the flag and its significance. My father passed the sacred burial flag on to me. The dog tags are from my maternal grandfather, who served in General Patton’s Army stationed in North Africa,” Reed remembered.

5. BEATLES MEMORABILIA

“I’ve been obsessed with the Beatles since I was a young child. To me, they are to popular music what Mozart and Beethoven are to classical music. What they did and accomplished musically will endure forever. In addition to writing fantastic songs, they were also very interesting people,” Reed said. As the drummer for Melody Resurrection, Reed performs with the band at Abbey Road on the River as one of the cover bands chosen to appear at the annual event. Reed also has a collection of approximately 50 Beatles books that he reads over and over again. VT