A tribute to Ray Reilly
Toronto born, Ray Reilly was a student of George L. Stone of Boston, and the late Billy Gladstone of New York. He has been a member of the orchestras of the National Ballet of Canada, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Stratford Shakespearian Festival and the Charlottetown Festival.
Mr. Reilly has been active in radio, TV, commercial music, film music, and with the CBC Symphony Orchestra.
He is also the author of "Power Speed and Flexibility", first published by BMI in 1986, and the second edition revision in 2007 published by Talking Stick Productions.
In 2015 Ray passed away, sucumming to a series of health problems. He will be missed by his wife, children, grandchildren, friends, and students. After his passing one of his students, Geordie McDonald, published a piece titled "Ray Reilly: Legendary Canadian Percussionist" a link to the article can be found on Soul Drums Website here https://www.souldrums.com/blog/ray-reilly-legendary-canadian-percussionist/
I met Ray when I was 14 years old. Over the years of learning from him he has become one of my most important mentors in life, music and drumming. This page is dedicated to his memory, knowledge and spirit.
An online store where you will be able to purchase Ray's book "Power Speed and Flexibility" with all proceeds going to Ray's family.