Scott Reid studied piano, guitar and harmonica as a child, being largely influenced by the Folk revivalists and Beat poets Reid being a member of a very musical family his influences ran the gamut from Folk, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Country. Woody and Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan shaped his music early on to present day. Reid has decades of playing experience and brings his expertise of multiple instruments to this revolutionary group of musicians. In Reid's teen years his family relocated from San Mateo in the Bay Area, to the hills of Placerville, largely due to his mother’s annual productions of melodramas with the Claypipers in Drytown, Ca. There he learned much about the live stage. In Placerville, Reid was enrolled in band learning Trumpet, Trombone and Baritone, on the side playing Tenor Banjo, Harp and guitar. He played in Jazz band, Pep band and Marching band. During this time Reid met Larry Park and his father Ray Park of Vern and Ray, Californian Bluegrass legends and he bought his first 5-string banjo. Larry and Scott formed the Rosebud Blue Bluegrass Band. Members included Ray Park, Carl Eriksson, Chris Hill, Jack Stone and Steve Townzen. They covered Bluegrass standards, the Stones, the Beatles, the Band, Dylan, the Byrds and the Grateful Dead. They played in the hills, the valley and the Bay Area. In 1970 Reid and Stone split off to perform as a duo and crossed the U.S. several times , playing the Midwest and the East coast. Years of playing created a long list of credits of Bands formed , opening act gigs as well as bookings as headliners. In 1973 Reid and Stone formed Virgin Territory in Portland, Oregon with local legends Willy and Matt Cripps, on double fiddles and mandolins and all performed as regular session and sidemen for the Holy Modal Rounders and Jeff Fredericks, and the Clamtones, known as notorious party bands! Reid’s travels brought him to the beauty of north Idaho several times and in 1979 he moved there to stay where he worked in the woods, performed, and raised a family as he started teaching Fiddle, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, and took on students. Reid performed with Doug and Kathy Sheffler, Alan Lane, Jeff Decker, as well as Sid and the Sidewinders, Country Stash, and Black Diamond String Band. About this time Reid met Ray Allen. Ray was a native of Spokane. The band was dubbed Monarch Mountain Band and booked a house gig at Bugatti Pub in Sandpoint, Idaho adding Don Scott and Daryl Durham both on Guitar and Vocals, Allen on Mando, Guitar and Vocals, Reid on Banjo, Fiddle, Harps and Vocals. Before long the band was booked at the then new Silverwood Theme Park playing on their various stages, but particularly on the train and the train robbery. Reid and Allen performed for 10 years at the park as it grew all the while playing locally and regionally through the Rocky Mountain Fair Association, which took them from Seattle to Twin Falls, the Oregon coast, Lewiston, to Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Scott stayed on soloing at Silverwood when Ray Allen decided to move to Hawaii. Other local musicians performed occasionally with the band.
THE MONARCH MOUNTAIN BAND NOW CONSISTS OF:
Scott Reid on Banjo, Guitar, Fiddle, Harps, and Vocals.
Tom Dubendorfer Guitarist extrodinare, Mandolin picker and Vocalist who brings his fastgun jazzgrass style to the band.
Laurie Reid, does the Percussion/Rhythm and sings backup in the band. She is credited with performing with many local acts, as well as some regional.
Special guest appearances by;
Drew Browne, adding his expertice on Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Guitar, and Vocals.
Fiddlin Red, adds his talent to the mix on Fiddle, Banjo, and Vocals.
All in all the Monarch Mountain Band is a wonderful mix of people and talent.
The Band has kept busy at weddings, private parties, and local pubs and restaurants in particular Schweitzer Mtn. Resort, the Pend d’oreille Winery, Sandpoint, the Moontime Restaurant, Cda. and the Indians Ballclub at Vista stadium, Spokane, and at the POAC Park Place summer concert series as well as the Sandpoint Art and Crafts Festival at the beach and opening and closing the Sandpoint Farmers Market this season.
Scott Reid: Banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, Guitar, Vocals
Tom Duebendorfer: Guitar, Mandolin, Back vocals
Laurie Reid: Vocals, Percussion
Drew Browne: Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Fidllin Red: Fiddle, Banjo, Vocals